Have you ever wondered what Selfridges has in common with Castle and Sible Hedingham?

Historian Adrian Corder-Birch has detailed the history of a company which has held a legacy in the villages for more than a century and has links to the famous London department stores.

Mr Corder-Birch, Sible Hedingham Parish Council clerk, and his wife Pam have compiled more than 250 photographs and illustrations about Rippers - one of the largest employers in Halstead for decades.

The book entitled The Works- A History of Rippers Joinery Manufacturers of Castle and Sible Hedingham, which costs £14.95, chronicles how the three Ripper brothers went into partnership in 1908 and the company expanded beyond recognition.

See this week's Halstead Gazette for the full story.