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Audley End: Landscape Histories

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 saffronwaldenhistory@gmail.com

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.