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1616

Masters of Trinity House Discovered - In 1940 when Southend Council started to remove some age old dwellings in Old Leigh, they discovered behind centuries of wallpaper and coverings some oak panelling dating back to Tudor times.  These particular row cottages were part of the dowry of Anne Boleyn on her marriage to Henry VIII and, from about 1615 were occupied by Richard Chester, a Master of Trinity House.  Discovered behind the panelling were found two prayer books in white hide and hand written on vellum: the prayers of Trinity House dated 1616.

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