Time Team: The Only Earl Is Essex, Earls Colne
ABC1 | AIRDATE: Tuesday, 29 May 2012 @ 6.00pm
Season 19 Episode 7 (Episode 205)
Property magnate Paul Whight has two very expensive hobbies. He collects and drives classic racing cars, which he keeps in the grounds of his second obsession – his beautiful stately home and garden in Essex.
Paul is very keen to know everything he can about the history of his home, so he’s rashly invited Tony Robinson and Time Team in to do their worst.
The site used to be owned by one of the nation’s foremost families, the De Veres, who were better known as the Earls of Oxford.
In the twelfth century they founded a grand priory somewhere on this site, and centuries later it is thought they also built themselves a fine country house.
What’s more, the most famous and dissolute Earl of Oxford – who some believe wrote some of Shakespeare’s plays – might even be buried here.
The team rip up Paul’s pristine lawns and subject his house to merciless scrutiny, gradually conjuring up the ghosts of the De Vere family.
Time Team is a Channel 4 Programme.
Source: ABC Media Release