|The Old Chapel, Upminster, Essex|
Fifty years ago Upminster was transferred from Essex to the London Borough of Havering. Administratively the south west of the county is now in London, ruled by elected mayor Boris Johnson. Since then Southend and Thurrock have become Unitary authorities. However the Essex Society for Archaeology and History has, since 1852, covered the historic county of Essex and will continue to do so. It's when members talk about Kedington and Bartlow that things get more interesting.