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Contents of Journal Autumn 2014 (No 28)

The beautiful gold Saxon Ring acquired by Saffron Walden Museum, found in the fields of NW Essex, is featured with a splendid colour photograph on the front cover of the Saffron Walden Historical Journal, No 28.SWHJ no 28 - FRONT COVER
Another specially-commissioned article is by Christopher South, the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire broadcaster, recalling his memories of 1950s Walden. Christopher was a junior reporter on the Saffron Walden Weekly News at that time and writes fondly, and often hilariously, of the personalities he encountered and the atmosphere of the town half a century ago.
Another article that will bring back fond memories is Geoffrey Ball’s research on the story of Blyth & Pawsey, the firm of agricultural engineers who once were a big employer in the town.
The recent closure of the Methodist Church in Castle Street, has prompted a look at the history of this church which now no longer has any chapels left in NW Essex, its members having joined other churches.
Littlebury author Lizzie Sanders contributes the last of her articles on the hamlets of Audley End, using little-known old maps to recreate the history of North End, just outside the town but once within its boundaries.
There is also an article about Samuel Pepys and his connection to the town, the Charter Weekend held in Saffron Walden, WW1 centenary events, the story of a Quaker who travelled to America in the 18th century, a study of an unusual house in West Road, Saffron Walden and the memories of the Head Woodman on the Audley End Estate.                             

Contents of Journal Spring 2014 (No 27)

saffron walden historical journal cover april 2014The wide-ranging impact of the First World War on life in Saffron Walden is the theme of the Spring 2014 issue of the Saffron Walden Historical Journal, a bumper issue of 40 pages which was published on 28 April 2014. More than dozen specially-commissioned articles are complemented by about 70 illustrations, including many never published before, and numerous photos of the men of Walden who fought in the war, 159 of whom did not return. Photos of some of these men, recently found in a cupboard, are published for the first time.

Starting with one man’s personal account of soldiering right through the war, the journal continues with an in-depth and very perceptive analysis by John Howard of the reasons behind the extraordinary anti-German riot which took place in the town soon after the outbreak of war. The immense efforts needed on the Home Front are the subject of other articles by Jacqueline Cooper. As the war developed, military tribunals were introduced with increasing numbers applying for exemption. The conduct of these tribunals and the experiences of conscientious objectors are examined by town historians, Malcolm White and Martyn Everett. Local residents have loaned some remarkable postcards which reflect what must have been the most noticeable effect of WW1 on the streets of the town – the billeting of thousands of troops in 1915 and other times. This affected the economy of the town and impacted on children’s education. Saffron Walden’s expert on WW1, Robert Pike, has contributed a number of articles, while the role played by women in the war is exemplified in Deborah Lowe’s detailed biography of one remarkable nurse.

This issue also has a new look. The journal team has sadly lost the services of former deputy editor, Gordon Ridgewell who has moved out of town: ‘We would like to pay tribute to Gordon’s work,’ commented editor Jacqueline Cooper. ‘He has given his expertise, energy and enthusiasm over the past ten years through more than 20 issues, and helped to make the journal an important part of the town’s history scene.’ Martyn Everett has now become deputy editor, with the graphic design now in the hands of Nick Crawley, who has redesigned the journal.




Spring 2013

No-25No 25: Spring 2013

  • ‘What a Place to Die’: the WW2 plane crash at Little Walden – Julian Evan-Hart
  • WW2 Defences in Britain Project – Michael Barton
  • Reminiscences of a Country Auctioneer – Colin Bazley
  • The Builders of Modern Walden – Bruce Munro
  • Wm Bell & Sons: builders of Saffron Walden
  • Blue Plaques in Saffron Walden
  • The Archetypical Poisoning Woman: Sarah Chesham (Pt 2) – Victoria Nagy
  • An Important Rare Inscribed Spindle Whorl from Newport, Essex – Bari Hooper
  • A Ninth-century Anglo-Saxon Ring from the Manuden/Berden Area – Carolyn Wingfield
  • Recent Excavations and the Slade – Mike Hibbs
  • Launch of Book on Sir Thomas Smith – Jeremy Collingwood

Autumn 2012

No-24No 24: Autumn 2012

  • History of Four Acres Community, Saffron Walden 1962-2012 – John E. Maddams
  • Saffron Walden Home Guard – Malcolm White
    The Medieval Park at Little Walden – Geoffrey Ball
  • Digging up the Past
  • The Marquis d’Oisy, Aesthete, Eccentric and Enigma – Julian Litten
  • The Hundred Parishes
  • The Archetypical Poisoning Woman: Sarah Chesham (Pt 1) – Victoria Nagy
  • A Plan of the Town, 1727 – Lizzie Sanders

Spring 2012

No-23No 23: Spring 2012

  • Duck Street and a Lost Village at Audley End – Lizzie Sanders
  • Miss Gale – David Lamb
  • The Turf Maze on Saffron Walden Common – Jeff Saward
  • Wicken House Residential Youth Centre: some memories of the  earlyyears – Heather Salvidge
  • Orford House, Ugley – Taleyna Fletcher
  • Carting water to Wimbish
  • Bronze Age Hoards in NW Essex – Carolyn Wingfield

Autumn 2011

No-22No 22: Autumn 2011

  • The Demolition Line: WW2 Defences Littlebury Bridge to Shortgrove  Bridge – Michael Barton
  • The Bridges of the Cam
  • Professor Steve Osbourne – renowned diver and swimmer: Dave Twitchett
  • The Crawley Agrimotor of Saffron Walden – Geoffrey Ball
  • Mission Continued 1711–2011 – John Maddams
  • Hunting for the Bones of Abraham Green – David Melford
  • Obituary: James Griffin 1938-2011

Spring 2011

No-21No 21: Spring 2011

  • ‘Say it with Flowers’: the Engelmann Nursery, Saffron Walden – Geoffrey Ball
  • House Renovation Project Blog – Douglas Kent
  • Saffron Walden ERO Archive Access Point – Zofia Everett
  • Obituary: Lawrence D. Barker 1939-2011
  • Saffron Walden Youth Hostel
  • Water Wells & Handpumps of Uttlesford – Sibyl Thomas
  • The Plough at Radwinter – Michael Southgate
  • Chrishall Museum