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!
Journal No 33 centred on various aspects of religious history locally, prompted by the 500th anniversary since the Reformation began in 1517, and its aftermath. Subjects included: Ritual in the Pre-Reformation Church at Walden by Elizabeth Allan; a new archaeological investigation at Tilty Abbey, one of many monastic institutions abolished at the Reformation – this was by Rachel Clarke & Maggie Stevens; the role of Sir Thomas Smith (born in Walden) in the Reformation, by Jeremy Collingwood; an extract from William Harrison’s Description of England, describing in contemporary terms how the Protestant Reformation had changed the ritual of the Church; a pioneering and important new study by Kevin Davey of the activities of Quaker radicals around the Saffron Walden area during the Protectorate; a transcript by Martyn Everett of a remarkable journal kept by a man employed in 1851 to sell Bibles to the poor in Saffron Walden district; building projects at Abbey Lane Congregational Chapel by Stephen Rapkin; memories by Michael Yarrow of his childhood experiences of attending the Plymouth Brethren meetings in Saffron Walden in the 1940s-50s; the biography of an unusual country vicar, Revd John Handson Sperling at Wicken Bonhunt, by Deborah Lowe; and a summary of how the Catholics returned to worship in Saffron Walden in the early 20th century. This very full and fascinating issue is no longer available in retail outlets, but can still be purchased from the Society at the usual price of £3 plus postage.
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 Autumn 2016 issue of the Society’s journal (no 32) featured articles on the 1920-30s Hunger Marchers who came through the town; the Gold Street fire of 1941; the history of Cleales; the story of Saffron Walden Town Hall; a summary of Stansted Mountfitchet history; new documents relating to the 1862 murder case in Clavering; and an update on history news in the locality and new publications. There are also obituaries on two fine local historians: Ken Neale and Jean Gumbrell.
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
The Autumn 2015 edition of the Journal included articles featuring: a fascinating study of the paintings of William Tomkins of Audley End; a look at the six Essex barons who were among the 25 involved in Magna Carta; some insights into a remarkable set of solicitors’ deeds; a local connection to the slave trade; a link between the town and Napoleon Bonaparte; memories of Sewards End – and more.
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.