Welcome to the website of the Saffron Walden Historical Society, one of the oldest voluntary organisations in the town, founded in 1933 and still going strong today.

This site was set up in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Society, to tell you about the current and past programme of lectures,the Journal (twice a year) and the history books published by the Society.

Information on the Society, its present and past programme, can be found here. A summary of the current programme is in the right-hand column of this page.

The Journal is published each year in spring and autumn. Information on the current issue can be found on the right-hand column of this page, and in the Journal section.

Past issues of the Journal can be accessed in the Gibson Library, Saffron Walden – an index of titles of articles can be found on this website, together with a selection of articles.

The Society has published a number of local history books under the imprint SWHS Publications.

You may be interested in the history of the Society,  lists of its past lectures or past events all of which can be found within these website pages.  And if you would like to join the Society, please fill out this form.

Please note that we are unable to carry out family or local history research for enquirers, but suggest a number of contacts where further information may be found.

General enquiries about the society can be emailed to: saffronwaldenhistory@gmail.com


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The latest title published by the Saffron Walden Historical Society is now on sale. Entitled ‘Audley End: Landscape Histories’ it is written by Lizzie Sanders, well known Littlebury historian. Lavishly illustrated with old maps and artworks in full colour, the book offers a fascinating insight into the countryside around Audley End, the iconic mansion in NW Essex. The book is available at Harts Bookshop and Tourist Information price £12.00. Enquiries about postal copies to saffronwaldenhistory@gmail.com