The new book published by the Saffron Walden Historical Society was launched to great acclaim in December 2019 with well over 100 guests enjoying the hospitality of The Gibson Library Society and author Lizzie Sanders signing copies of her book. Entitled ‘Audley End: Landscape Histories’ it is lavishly illustrated with old maps and artworks in full colour, and 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 for postal copies to firstname.lastname@example.org
Future lectures this season, at Friends’ Meeting House 7.45 pm:
Wed 25 September: Life in 18th Century Saffron walden (pt 2) – Hilary Walker
Wed 23 October: Saffron Walden trades and professions in the 18th century – MIke Furlong
Wed 27 November: The 100 Parishes – Ken McDonald
Wed 22 January: The Kindertransport – Mike Levy
Wed 26 February: Henry Winstanley the last Renaissance engineer – Martin Rose
Wed 25 March: House histories – discover how to research the history of your house – Melanie Backe-Hansen
Wed 22 April: The Young Charles Darwin in Cambridge – Murray Jacobs
Wed 27 May: AGM & short talk (tba)
Wednesday 26th September: Andrew Everett to speak on An Early Railway Station Architect – the life, times and works of Sancton Wood (architect of Audley End Station)
Wednesday 24th October: MARY WHITEMAN MEMORIAL LECTURE Malcolm White to speak on Saffron Walden 1945 – 2000
Wednesday 28th November: Clare Mulley to speak on ‘The Women Who Flew for Hitler’
Wednesday 23rd January: Robin O’Neil to speak on The Long Road to Brexit
Wednesday 27th February: Jacqui Hutton to speak on The Archaeological Landscape of Great Chesterford
Wednesday 27th March: Dr Peter Moore to speak on The Italian Artist Biagio Rebecca and his work at Audley End
Wednesday 24th April: Richard Till to speak on The Cutlers of Thaxted, 1350 to 1450
Wednesday 22nd May : AGM. A short talk will be arranged.
All meetings are held at 7.45 pm. in the Quaker Meeting House, High Street, Saffron Walden
Annual Subscriptions: £7.00 per member; Visitors £2.00 per visit – ALL WELCOME!
Saffron Walden Historical Society
Programme for 2018
All meetings are held at 7.45 pm in the Friends’ Meeting House, High Street, Saffron Walden. £7.00 per member subscription. Visitors £2.00 per visit. All welcome!
Wednesday 24th January 2018 – Historic Houses in Essex – Ben Cowell
Wednesday 28th February – ‘Living in Saffron Walden in the 18th Century’ (Pt 2) – Hilary Walker
Wednesday 28th March – ‘Reconstructing Essex Medieval Deer Parks’ – Graham Joliffe
Wednesday 25th April – The Great Plague in Essex – Katharine Schofield
Wednesday 23rd May – A.G.M. A short talk will be arranged
The Autumn 2018 programme will be posted here later in the year.
The programme below is the current season, ending with the AGM on 23 May:
27 September 2017 – A wander round Pompeii – Richard Priestley
25 October 2017 – Saffron Walden – Mike Hibbs
22 November 2017 – Abbey Lane Chapel – Stephen Rapkin
24 January 2018 – Historic Houses in Essex – Ben Cowell
28 February 2018 – Saffron Walden in 18th Century – Hilary Walker
28 March 2018 – Essex Deer Parks – Graham Joliffe
25 April 2018 – Great Plague in Essex – Katharine Schofield
Issue no 29 of the Journal features unusual view of Saffron Walden High Street, designed by Nick Crawley, cleverly blending a view from the top of the High Street in 1820 with the same view today. Articles included an archaeology dig discovering human remains at the Tudor Works site; a WW1 story about the treatment meted out to a member of the Friends’ Meeting House, High Street, Cornelius Barritt who was victimised as a conscientious objector; a nostalgic wander by Bruce Munro down the High Street early 1950s; the life of one of its residents, Dr Hedley Bartlett, whose medical practice was in the High Street; the history of the oldest retail business in the street, Gray Palmer who kindly sponsored this issue of the journal. Articles on local villages include a pioneering study of how pastoral landscape evolved in Anglo Saxon times; an analysis of the undertakers’ records in Sampfords; an archaeology find in Wicken Bonhunt; and a look at a curious building in the grounds of Elm Grove. The major new publication by the Society, a history of Walden in the 15th century, is reviewed along with other new local history books.