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SWHS Lectures 2019-20

Future lectures this season, at Friends’ Meeting House 7.45 pm:

2019

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

2020

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)

SWHS Programme 2018-2019

2018

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’           

 2019

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!

 

 

Programme Jan-April 2018

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.

SWHS programme 2017-2018

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

 

Contents of Journal Spring 2015 (No 29)

SWHJ No 29 – cover 

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.