The Foxearth and District Local History Society

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Meetings, announcements and notices for the Foxearth and District Local History Society, and associated organisations. For details of our activities, and for more information on recent events and current programme, please contact Clare Mathieson 01787 311337 or Lynda Rumble 01787 281434.

The Rise and Decline of the Stour Valley Railways. 9th April 2019


The Foxearth and District Local History Society meeting on 9th April attracted railway enthusiasts when Robyn Lloyd Hughes talked about the rise and decline of the Stour Valley Railways. Between 35 and 40 members and guests heard an expert description of the origin of the line and of the development of railways in general.

The lecture included many photographs and Robyn began with one of some Roman gates. These were constructed to allow the passage of two centurions, side by side, with their baggage/weapons. Carts were then built of the same width and as these were used in the countryside uniform ruts would be created which in turn became supported by wooden planks (plateways); then iron was used for more strengthening. Along these reinforced routes horses could pull linked carts - and the idea of moving wagons along tracks was born. It took some 1,800 years of course but eventually we had railways! Stephenson's "rocket" of 1825 was the first engine.

The concept of a local rail network was the brainchild of John Wilks junior - a Sudbury lawyer born in 1793 who served as a Whig MP for the town.In 1824 he promoted a company called The Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex Railroad Company. He was however an unscrupulous character - involved in forgery and fraud - who earned the nickname of "Bubbles Wilks" because of the number of joint stock companies he floated all of which failed. In 1849 the businessman John Chevallier Cobbold was influential in constructing the line that linked up Colchester, the Stour Valley, Sudbury and Halstead; Norwich was later connected and the company amalgamated with the Eastern Union Railway. The project included the building of the Chappel Viaduct with its impressive 32 arches. At 1,020 feet it is the longest bridge in East Anglia and one of the largest brick-built structures in the country. There were many illustrations of locomotives in various stages of development and it was not unusual for them to be servicable for 50 years. For some years the railway did not dispense with "horse power" as the beasts continued to be used for shunting rolling stock into sheds. The Stour Valley Railway line from Shelford to Marks Tey opened in 1865 with connections to Melford and Bury St Edmunds following soon after. In 1967 the Beeching axe was wielded with just the Sudbury to Marks Tey section (the Gainsborough line) surviving after a protracted battle. Robyn presented some interesting fare comparisons. In 1849 the Sudbury to London single fare was 4 shillings and 10 pence equating to one penny a mile - this was for 2nd class travel with 1st class being half as much again; in 1956 the figure was 9 shillings and 3 pence and today it is £33.90! In 2004 the possibility of reopening the Cambridge to Haverhill route was raised and this is an ongoing campaign with local MPs voicing strong support more recently.

This was a fascinating talk in which Robyn demonstrated his detailed knowledge of the subject including the evolving types of locomotives over the years. He dealt expertly with some related questions and was warmly thanked on behalf of a most appreciative audience by Secretary Clare Mathieson.

Clare drew attention to the Lavenham Festival on the weekend of 17th to 19th May. There will be celebration of the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the US Army Air Force at Lavenham airfield , a craft fair and various other attractions.

Next meeting: Tuesday 14th May at 7.30pm in Foxearth Village Hall when David Burnett will talk about Chilton - the first three thousand years.

Friends of Essex Churches Trust Spring Study Day: 8 May 2019



FRIENDS OF ESSEX CHURCHES TRUST (www.foect.org.uk ) CHURCH VISITS

SPRING STUDY DAY WEDNESDAY 8 MAY 2019

Members @ £7.00 each, Non-members @ £10 each. Everyone is welcome to join Essex historian Dr Christopher Starr for interesting talks in four of our favourite medieval churches in south-east Essex

Time

10.00 All Saints, Rettendon (Church Close, Main Road, CM3 8DP) Light refreshments will be available

11.30 St Mary, Runwell (Runwell Road, SS11 7HS)

13.00 Lunch, own arrangements

14.30 St Mary & St Edward, West Hanningfield (Church Road, CM2 8UL)

15.30 St Mary, Woodham Ferrers (Main Road, CM3 8RF)

16.00 Refreshments will be available.

There are lavatories at or near each church and parking is available at or near each church, but at West Hanningfield this is limited and may involve a short walk to and from your vehicle.

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To:   Mrs Susan Clark-Starr, 10 Kings Meadow, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 0HP
Tel: 01787 242121    Mob: 07956 463628    Email: susanclarkstarr@hotmail.co.uk


Updates on Local History Societies' meetings in Essex 2019


Witham History Society

Christopher Thompson will be giving a talk on Tudor Essex to the Witham History Society at 8 p.m. on 1st April in Witham Town Council's offices.

Chingford Historical Society


The following meetings will be held at The C of  E Primary School, Cambridge Road, Chingford
 at 7 30 p.m.  Most talks are illustrated.



11th April
The Work ofThe Essex Record Office
     Lawrence
       Barker

17th
October

A Virtual Walk Around Walthamstow

      Joanna
      Montcrieff

14th November

The Stort Story

       Richard   
       Thomas

   12th December  Chingford in the 80s & 90s                         Acorn Films                            

Clacton and District Local History Society


 Pier Avenue, Clacton at 7.30 p.m.



18TH APRIL. ROGER KENNELL.“WHATEVER HAPPENED TO SOUTHCLIFF?”
16TH MAY. BILL SMITH.“AVIATION ARCHAEOLOGY AND ST OSYTH WW2 MUSEUM”
20TH JUNE. BRIAN D'ARCY.“GHOSTS OF THE TOWER OF LONDON.”
18TH JULY. MEMBERS SHORT PRESENTATIONS.GILL GREEN AND SANDRA ADAMS SALMON.
15th AUGUST . MALCOLM BATTY.“THE KIRBY RIOTS”
19TH SEPTEMBER. DAVID WHITTLE.“WW1 THE HARWICH FORCE,CAPTAIN FRYATT,THESS BRUSSELS AND THE SURRENDER OF THE U BOATSINTO HARWICH HARBOUR.”
17TH OCTOBER. A.G.M.A SHORT DVD OF JOHNSON'S OF CLACTON BYANTHONY ALLSTON A LOCAL RESIDENT.
21ST NOVEMBER. FRANCIS BOARDMAN.“THE GREAT STINK”,THE BUILDING OF LONDON'SSEWERS.


19TH DECEMBER MILLER. XMAS QUIZ.

Foxearth and District Local History Society

Apr
Tues 10th
Robyn Lloyd Hughes - The Rise & Decline of the Stour Valley Railways
May
Tues 14th
David Burnett - Chilton: the first three thousand years
Jun
Tues 12th
Peter Minter - Visit to Bulmer Brickyard,
with talk on recent restoration projects  
Jul
Tues 10th
 Ian McMillan  - The History of Liston Hall
Aug
Thur 8th?/ Mon12th
Minibus trip to Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome - near Maldon.
Sep
Tues 11th
? Pat Murrell  - The History of Cupola House.
Oct
Tues 9th
? Sudbury Cemetery churchyard mapping
Nov
Sat 16th
Ashley Cooper & Andrew Phillips -
"A Sudbury Boy Wunders (sic) aloud after 80 years"
(Memories of the Sudbury Market Hill & surrounding businesses).
Dec
Tues 10th ?
Members’ Christmas meal - details TBC


All meetings held in Foxearth Village Hall 7.30pm (unless otherwise stated).
New members and friends always welcome.
 Visitors £2   Members £10 per year



Halstead and District Local History Society

All events take place at 7:30pm in the Baptist Church, Hedingham Road, Halstead unless otherwise stated
Our programme may change at short notice due to circumstances outside our control 
 April 2019
11th
“An introduction to the Chelsea Physic Garden”
Dr. Christine Hodgson, who is a guide at the garden, will introduce us to its history from the foundation in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.
May 2019
16th
“The Lost Cheeses of Suffolk”
Vivia Bamford of the Sciapod Dairy in Suffolk will tell us about traditional cheese making and will be bringing some samples to taste.
June 2019
22nd
Visit to RAF Wethersfield Museum
July 2019
13th
Visit to Alderford Mill, Sible Hedingham - Details to follow
September 2019
19th
Old Films of Halstead & Hedingham
Brian Day will be showing us a few of the amateur films of the area that he has been given.
21st
Exhibition: The Photgraphs of Geoff Root - A Retrospective
To take place at The Queen's Hall, times to be confirmed.
October 2019
17th
Corsets, Crinlines & Camisoles
Frances Saltmarsh returns to tell us all about the history of underwear.
November 2019
21st
Can You Keep A Secret?
Lynette Burgess, Visitor Services and outreach Manager, will tell us the history of Bawdsey Radar and its role in WWII.
December 2019
12th
More Images Of Old & New Halstead
Followed by our Christmas drinks and nibbles!

Leyton and Leytonstone Local  History Society

7.45pm Wednesday April 17th 2019 *
‘Before the dig: why archaeology happens, how we know what to look for, and what might be found in my street’, a talk by Christina Holloway
St John's Hall, off High Road, Leytonstone, London E11 by the entrance to the Matalan store, (not far from Leytonstone Central Line station)


7.45pm Wednesday May15th 2019 *
‘The Real Dad’s Army – The Home Guard’ A talk by Mike Brown, following our Society’s AGM
St John's Hall, off High Road, Leytonstone, London E11 by the entrance to the Matalan store, (not far from Leytonstone Central Line station)

Lexden History Group

Wednesday 10th April 2019 ‘The Early Days of Clacton’ George Hardwick Members £1 Non Members £3
Wednesday 8th May 2019 AGM ‘Fenwick Jewels’ Adam Wightman Members £1 Non Members £3
Wednesday 12th June 2019 ‘Giles’ John Field Members £1 Non Members £3
Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7.45pm in St Leonard’s Church Hall, Lexden except August when there is no meeting. Entry £1 for members, £3 for non-members, refreshments included.

Loughton and District Historical Society 


All meetings are held in the Methodist Church, Loughton High Road, from 8.00pm usually on the second Thursday of the month, from October to May inclusive.
Guest visitors are welcome at all meetings on payment of a donation of £2.50.
April: Thursday 11
29 October 1940: One Day in the Battle of Britain
NEIL WIFFEN
When a Spitfire crashed in Chelmsford and North Weald was bombed.
May: Thursday 9
Annual General Meeting, followed by:
Heroes of Everyday Life: Postman’s Park
DR JOHN PRICE
The remarkable history of the Watts Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice in Postman's Park in the City.

Saffron Walden Historical Society

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!

Thurrock Local History Society
Meetings are held at Thurrock Adult Community College, Richmond Road, Grays Thurrock, Essex, RM17 6DN.
All meetings begin at 8.00 pm unless indicated otherwise. The AGM begins at 7.30 pm.
Most talks are illustrated and there is a break for refreshments.
Friday, 26th April               The Annual General Meeting (starts at 7.30) followed by
                                         DNA - what can it tell us? by John Matthews
Friday, 17th May                Machu Picchu by Scott Sullivan

Waltham Abbey Historical Society

We organise a series of lectures on the third Fridays of September to May, at the Baptist Church, Paradise Road, Waltham Abbey EN9 1RL, 8-10pm with a refreshment break. Anyone is welcome to come; members are free and we invite a £1 donation from non-members.

Friday 12th April 2019:
(this is the 2nd Friday of April)
Presidential Address & Annual General Meeting

Friday 17th May 2019:
The West End of the Church at Waltham Abbey: Mysteries and Modifications
Lawrence Greenall & Steve Miller


The 20th Annual General Meeting of the Foxearth and District Local History Society: 12th March 2019.

The Society held its 20th Annual General Meeting in Foxearth Village Hall on 12th March 2019. There were 28 members and guests present'

Chairperson Lynda Rumble welcomed all,  especially Mr Keith Slater, website adminstrator for the Melford History and Archaeological Society.

A financial report was presented by Secretary Clare Mathieson showing a very satisfactory surplus of £420 in last year's activities and a bank balance of £2,500 of which £986 was the "ring-fenced" book fund. A grant of £250 from the Foxearth and Liston Parish Council was gratefully acknowledged. It was agreed that membership and guest fees should remain at £10 pa and £2 per visit respectively and Mark Mathieson was thanked for keeping the books. Clare reviewed a successful season in 2018 and outlined an attractive programme for this year; highlights would include a visit to the Stow Maries Great War aerodrome, including lunch in the officers' mess: also President Ashley Cooper and Lord Phillips reviewing their memories of Sudbury Market Hill and businesses around.(full programme available on www.foxhistsoc.org.uk)

Thanks to all members who helped by writing reports, providing refreshment, setting up the room and managing the web site were voiced by Ashley. Particular mention was made of Lynda and Clare who run the Society so expertly. On the question (by Clare) of whether we needed a larger committee the unanimous view seemed to be not to change a winning team - and a substitute's bench would be superfluous! Ashley expressed his delight at the vibrancy of the Society citing members' contributions such as John Geddes' research into Foxearth burials, Corinne Cox's archaeological test pit excavations and Isobel Clark's gravestone researches.

Andrew Clarke spoke about our constantly growing web site - with new material offered as he spoke - and noted that it was admired world-wide attracting about 2,800 visits each day.

After a break for wine and some delicious canapes past Chairman Alan Fitch entertained us with reflections on his life so far. Born in pre-war London Alan experienced some family difficulties. A move towards Epping Forest just before war started fired up an interest in climbing trees - without mishap. This facility later served him well when he had a sign making business for 40 years and never lost his footing on a ladder; he saved that for after he had retired! Evacuation to Buckinghamshire during the conflict saw him (aged seven) fishing and - under the influence of a very much older colleague -smoking a pipe to deter midges.After Walthamstow Technical College Alan worked for a time at a division of J Arthur Rank where he was fortunate to meet such celebrities as Edmundo Ros and the boxer Freddie Mills and it was here that a fascination with cinematic technology developed. Called up for National Service Alan opted for the Royal Air Force signing for 4 years on the promise that he could follow his interest in mechanical engineering. He became a crack rifle shot, He met the love of his life, Jo, they married in 1958 and were blissfully happy until she sadly died. Alan later married again and this wife encouraged him to practise faith healing - a talent he had not discovered! And this is the point at which the narrative ended. Surely, Alan, there's more to come - at least another instalment. We wait with bated breath as an appreciative audience demonstrated.

Next meeting: Tuesday 9th April 7.30pm in Foxearth Village Hall when Robyn Lloyd-Hughes will talk about The rise and decline of the Stour Valley Railways.

Farming in East Anglia, Caught on film: 12th February 2019

The Foxearth and District Local History Society launched its 20th season on 12th February 2019 in Foxearth Village Hall with a film archive evening. There was an attendance of about 28 including 4 guests.

Six short films were shown all made by East Anglian farmers with mostly the farmers themselves providing the commentaries. Starting with the earliest illustrations we saw pictures from an 800 acre farm in Boxted in the 1920s where about 24 men and boys worked on the land with Suffolk Punch horses pulling the ploughs and wagons and much of the harvesting being done by hand. Other farms featured were in Terrington, Rickinghall, Hartest, Primrose Hill, Cambs and Little Plumstead and in all of these the footage was from towards the end of the second world war. The acreage varied from 450 to 1250. The use of machinery was increasing rapidly with tractors - so small by comparison with today's monsters- taking the place of horses, machines for cutting and threshing, high loaders for stacking, hay balers and potato riddlers. One farmer proudly showed his machine for lifting a row of sugar beet; nowadays it's done 6 rows at a time! A large labour force was still needed to operate these machines and women were engaged in the back-breaking task of picking up the unearthed potatoes. The speed with which a man could move on his knees to plant, by hand,what appeared to be celery was quite breath-taking. The use of helicopters - which caused the farm hands to gaze in wonder - for irrigation and pest control was also being introduced around this time as were machines for cutting channels for drains. The purchase and conversion of an army mess hut for battery chickens was an example of the resourceful side of farming.

These films were most revealing in showing the wide range of different activities carried out by those caring for the land, the development of mechanization from the earliest, single purpose bits of apparatus to the sophisticated, computer-assisted combinations half a century later and , not least, the aptitude of farmers as filmmakers! As the projector was switched off our own farming expert, President Ashley Cooper, explained in more detail some of the activities we'd seen and answered a large number of related questions.

The next meeting will take place at 7.30pm in Foxearth Village Hall on Tuesday 12th March and will be the Annual General Meeting at which cheese and wine will be served. Alan Fitch will talk about his life so far with special emphasis on his 4 years with the Royal Air Force

Ken Nice

F&DLHS Provisional Programme for 2019


Jan

No meeting.
Feb
Tues 13th
Film Archive evening
Mar
Tues 13th
A.G.M. with Cheese & Wine.
.Alan Fitch  My life so far…  Including four years in the RAF how they turned out.
Apr
Tues 10th
Robyn Lloyd Hughes - The Rise & Decline of the Stour Valley Railways
May
Tues 14th
David Burnett - Chilton: the first three thousand years
Jun
Tues 12th
Peter Minter - Visit to Bulmer Brickyard,
with talk on recent restoration projects  
Jul
Tues 10th
Ian McMillan  - The History of Liston Hall
Aug
Thur 8th?/ Mon12th
Minibus trip to Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome - near Maldon.
Sep
Tues 11th
? Pat Murrell  - The History of Cupola House.
Oct
Tues 9th
? Sudbury Cemetery churchyard mapping
Nov
Sat 16th
Ashley Cooper & Andrew Phillips -
"A Sudbury Boy Wunders (sic) aloud after 80 years"
(Memories of the Sudbury Market Hill & surrounding businesses).
Dec
Tues 10th ?
Members’ Christmas meal - details TBC
All meetings held in Foxearth Village Hall 7.30pm (unless otherwise stated).
New members and friends always welcome.
Visitors £2   Members £10 per year
For more information, contact:
Clare Mathieson 01787 311337 or Lynda Rumble 01787  281434
Email: foxhistsoc@gmail.com

website: www.foxearth.org.uk

Local History Societies’ meetings in Essex in 2019


Information provided by Christopher Thompson

Billericay Archaeological and Historical Society

Our monthly meetings are held at The Fold, Arts Centre, located off Laindon Road, Billericay, where we meet on the second Monday of each month at 8:00 pm.

Monday 14th January “Vicky English Princess & German Empress” Speaker Margaret Mills
Monday 11th February “Brunell” Speaker Roger Manion
Monday 11th March “Norfolk Wherry Maud Trust” Speaker Linda Pargeter
Monday 8th April AGM 7.30pm followed by “Customs & Traditions of London” Speaker Mark Lewis
Monday 13th May “Women in Medieval London” Speaker Caroline Baron
Monday 10th June “Mesolithic Archaeology” Speaker Maria Medlecott
Monday 8th July “New York, New York” Speaker Ann Hardy
No meeting in August
Monday 9th September “The Titanic” Speaker Denis Lynch
Monday 14th October “Early Policing in Billericay” Speaker Peter Layzel
Monday 11th November “The Shakespeare Conspiracy” Speaker Julian Whybra
Monday 9th December “A giant of the 19th century Abraham Lincoln” Speaker Margaret Mills

 Chingford Historical Society

Our meetings are held at SS Peter and Paul Church on The Green, North Chingford at 7.30.p.m. on the third Thursday of each month from October till April inclusive. Talks on local and general history are illustrated and there is an interval where tea and biscuits can be obtained.    Non-members are welcome to attend for a small fee payable at the door. 

No meetings are yet listed.

Clacton and District Local History Society

 at 7.30 P.M at Pier Avenue Baptist Church.

17th january.          “Cracked eggs and chicken soup. ”Norman Jacobs.
21st february.         “The Kirby Riots”  Malcolm Batty.
21st march.   “What  is New In Our Archive?”.        George Hardwick.                    
18th april.    “Whatever Happened To Southcliff?”  Roger kennell.
16th may.     “Aviation Archaeology and St Osyth Ww2 Museum”         Bill Smith.
20th june.     “Ghosts of The Tower Of London.”     Brian d'arcy.
18th  july.    Members short presentations.      Gill Green and Sandra Adams Salmon.
15th august.  “An Evening of Visual Images ” Vic Miller.
19th september.      “Ww1 The Harwich Force, Captain Fryatt, The SS Brussels and the Surrender of the U Boats Into Harwich Harbour.” David Whittle.
17th october. A.G.M. a short DVD of Johnson's of Clacton   Anthony Allston .
 21st november. Francis Boardman.      “The Great Stink”, The Building of London's Sewers.

 19th december Miller. Xmas quiz.

Elsenham Village History Society

1.  - Roger Barrett -'The Fuller Maitlands at Stansted Hall'
March 13, 2019 8:00 p.m.
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only £2 Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:45p.m.
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
2.  - Lee Player - Thatching History and Practice
June 12, 2019 8:00 p.m.
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only £2 Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:45p.m.
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
3.  - Bill Hardy- Building Kings College Chapel and Arabic assembly marks
September 11, 2019 8:00 p.m.
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only £2 Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:45p.m.
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
4.  -Mark Carroll - DNA Surnames and Genealogy
November 13, 2019 8:00 pm
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only £2 Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:45p.m.
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)
5.  - Illustrated Talk - The Story of Elsenham Jam - Ray Franklin Chairman Elsenham Village History Society
March 12, 2020 8:00 pm
Free to Members - Visitors always welcome only £2 Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:45p.m.
(Agenda will be available about 1 week prior to meeting)

Halstead and District Local history Society

All events take place at 7:30pm in the Baptist Church, Hedingham Road, Halstead unless otherwise stated.

Our programme may change at short notice due to circumstances outside our control

January 17th Annual General Meeting The AGM will be followed by a talk by our own Jim Davis.
February 21st "What A Stroke Of Luck" A talk by Tom Tyler relating to coincidences during WW2.
March 21st The Rise and Fall of Colchester’s ‘Good Time Girls', 1855-1895
A talk by Dr. Jane Pearson. Why did prostitution become a problem in mid-nineteenth-century Colchester and what did the town do about it?
Jane is a teaching fellow and part-time lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Essex.
April 11th “An introduction to the Chelsea Physic Garden”
Dr. Christine Hodgson, who is a guide at the garden, will introduce us to its history from the foundation in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.
May 16th “The Lost Cheeses of Suffolk”
Vivia Bamford of the Sciapod Dairy in Suffolk will tell us about traditional cheese making and will be bringing some samples to taste.
June 22nd Visit to RAF Wethersfield Museum
July 13th Visit to Alderford Mill, Sible Hedingham - Details to follow
September 19th Old Films of Halstead & Hedingham
Brian Day will be showing us a few of the amateur films of the area that he has been given.
September 21st Exhibition: The Photgraphs of Geoff Root - A Retrospective
To take place at The Queen's Hall, times to be confirmed.
October 17th Corsets, Crinlines & Camisoles
Frances Saltmarsh returns to tell us all about the history of underwear.
November 21st Can You Keep A Secret?
Lynette Burgess, Visitor Services and outreach Manager, will tell us the history of Bawdsey Radar and its role in WWII.
December 12th More Images Of Old & New Halstead
Followed by our Christmas drinks and nibbles!

 Hedingham Heritage Society

10 January, Thursday 7:45pm The Memorial Hall, Castle Hedingham
PICTORIAL HISTORY OF ESSEX/SUFFOLK BORDER from Ashley Cooper

Historical Association (Essex Branch)

Talks are on Saturdays at 2.30pm
Venue: Trinity Methodist Church, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, CM1 2XB.
Free parking at the Church or in the County Council car-park opposite.
Visitors and prospective members warmly welcomed - a £3 donation requested.
12th January
The Weimar Republic and its difficult birth
Dr Eric Boston, Director of Academic Liaison, Head of Humanities, Head of History and Politics, CATs Cambridge
2nd February
The Case of the Petrified Leg and other 18th century Medical Curiosities
Dr Lisa Smith, Lecturer, Department of History, University of Essex
2nd March
Some Ancient Greeks in Roman Britain
Professor Edith Hall, Professor of Classics, King's College, University of London
6th April
'Please, Sir, I want some more'.  What did they eat in Victorian Britain?
Dr Robert Hopkinson, former Head of History, Wolsingham School, former Secretary, Durham HA Branch, and recent Treasurer, Cumbria HA Branch
11th May
'The March of the Women':  The Campaign for Women's Suffrage in Britain?
Dr Robert Saunders, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History, Queen Mary College, University of London
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Jaywick Local History Society

Monday 21st. January     The 'After Christmas Meal '  at Clacton Golf Club - 12.30 for 1.00pm.
Tuesday 5th. February    John Worland - ' The Essex Witches '
Tuesday 2nd. April           Nicholas Charrington - ' Layer Marney Tower '
Tuesday 4th. June           Brian Thurlow - ' The Red Barn Murders '
Tuesday 6th. August       Peter Jones - ' The Great Essex Earthquake '
Tuesday 1st. October      A.G.M. followed by Richard A. Scott - ' The Story of Bourne Mill '

Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society

Leyton Sixth Form College (Room HE4), Essex Road, Leyton E10 6EQ (buses along Lea Bridge Road)

7.45pm Wednesday January 16th 2019 *
Les Capon talks about his latest year as an archaeologist.
7.45pm Wednesday February 20th 2019 *
 A talk by Richard Gray ‘Shakespeare’s  London to the West End Playhouse ‘
St John's Hall, off High Road, Leytonstone, London E11 by the entrance to the Matalan store, (not far from Leytonstone Central Line station)
£2 contribution requested from visitors.

Newport Local History Group

No events are currently listed.

Saffron Walden Historical society

Wednesday 23 January 2019 – The Long Road to Brexit: Robin O’Neill
7.45 pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, High Street, Saffron Walden – All welcome. Members can join at this meeting for just £7 a year which entitles you to free entry to seven lectures.
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Other lectures this season are:
Wed 27 Feb: The archaeological landscape of Great Chesterford: Jacqui Hutton
Wed 27 Mar: The Italian artist Biagio Rebecca and his work at Audley End: Peter Moore
Wed 24 April: The Cutlers of Thaxted 1350-1450: Richard Till

 South Woodham Ferrers Local History Society

Meetings held at Champions Manor Hall Community Centre, 94 Hullbridge Road
South Woodham Ferrers
Essex
CM3 5LJ
johnfranklandswf@btinternet.com
01245 321518

Wed 06/02/19 20:00 22:00 Railway Branch Lines to Maldon by Nathaniel Dodd
Wed 06/03/19 20:00 22:00 The history of Lodge Coaches by Robert Lodge
Wed 03/04/19 20:00 22:00 'One day in the Battle of Britain in Essex 29 October 1940' by Neil Wiffen from the Essex Record Office
Wed 01/05/19 20:00 22:00 Essex Church Brasses by Martin Stuchfield from the Monumental Brass Society
Wed 05/06/19 -- -- Society's outdoor visit - tba

Stebbing Local History Society

All meetings are held at the Stebbing Village Hall, Mill Lane, Stebbing, Essex, CM6 3SL. Entry is free to members and guests are charged £2.
Five meetings are held per year on the second Monday of the months of February, April, June, September and November. All meetings start at 8 p.m. The meetings always consist of a guest speaker on a local subject and there is always a display of different documents and photographs from our archives.

No meetings are yet listed for 2019.

Thurrock Local History Society

Meetings are held at Thurrock Adult Community College, Richmond Road, Grays Thurrock, Essex, RM17 6DN. 
All meetings begin at 8.00 pm unless indicated otherwise. The AGM begins at 7.30 pm. 
Most talks are illustrated and there is a break for refreshments.
Membership Subscriptions: Adults - £15.00, Students - £4.00, Under age 16 - free, Visitors (per meeting) - £2.00 
Visitors are very welcome at all meetings.
Friday, 18th January          The Great War - a review by Brett Goodyear
Friday, 15th February         Ghosts and Graves in Barking and Dagenham by Linda Rhodes
Friday 15th March              Belhus and the Barrett Lennards by Susan Yates
Friday, 26th April               The Annual General Meeting (starts at 7.30) followed by
                                         DNA - what can it tell us? by John Matthews
Friday, 17th May                Machu Picchu by Scott Sullivan

 Waltham Abbey Historical Society

We organise a series of lectures on the third Fridays of September to May, at the Baptist Church, Paradise Road, Waltham Abbey EN9 1RL, 8-10pm with a refreshment break. Anyone is welcome to come; members are free and we invite a £1 donation from non-members.

Friday 18th January 2019: St Albans: The First 1000 Years Sally Pearson
Friday 15th February 2019: Their Name Liveth for Evermore: The Story of the Unknown Soldier and War Memorials Martyn Lockwood
Friday 15th March 2019
Puddephatt Memorial Lecture: A Church Saved for the People and the Nation: The 1960-65 Restoration of the Parish Church of the Holy Cross and St Lawrence, Waltham Abbey Grenville Weltch
Friday 12th April 2019:
(this is the 2nd Friday of April) Presidential Address & Annual General Meeting
Friday 17th May 2019: The West End of the Church at Waltham Abbey: Mysteries and Modifications Lawrence Greenall & Steve Miller

PARKING: the large Corn Mill Car Park is behind the Town Hall (its entrance is to the side of Muhinur restaurant, Greenyard, EN9 1RD) – free in the evenings. The Baptist church is a 2-minute walk from the car park exit, heading due east through an archway in a 1960s block of flats.




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