Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Colchester Castle to re-open on Thursday 23 July 2020

Colchester Castle reopens its doors to pre-booked visitors from Thursday 23 July.  For more information follow this link: https://colchester.cimuseums.org.uk/visit/colchester-castle/

Reopening of Essex Record Office

Christopher Thompson writes:

The ERO will be re-opening on 21 July 2020, which is really excellent news. There will be some restrictions on the number of people who may be in the Search Room at any one time and the ERO will also be asking people to telephone to let its staff know in advance what they wish to see. Full details can be found at  https://www.essexrecordoffice.co.uk/visit-us/coronavirus-latest-information/  I very much hope that everyone interested in the history of the county will avail themselves of the opportunity to go to the ERO again.

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Transactions. Fourth Series. Vol. 9 (2018)

The latest volume of the Society's Transactions has just been published. 

Essex Society for Archaeology and History
Transactions. Fourth Series. Volume 9 (2018)
(176 pages)

William H Liddell M.A. F.R.Hist.S. 1937-2019: Vic Gray …  1
Updating the Mesolithic In Essex: Maria Medlycott … 2
Late Bronze Age and Medieval Remains at Boars Tye Road, Silver End: Trevor Ennis & Charlotte Howsam … 12
Sampford Road, Thaxted: Mark Atkinson … 24
A Roman Building in West Essex: Peter Sharp … 65
The waste of Ceasaromagus. Romano-British refuse pits and later features at Moulsham Street, Chelmsford: Andrew A. S. Newton, Samuel Thornelius, Andrew Peachey, Peter Thompson, John Summers, & Julie Curl … 74
Monasteries of Ely and Barking Considered: James Kemble … 82
Medieval Boundaries, Quarry Pits and Other Activity at Dunmow Road, Great Hallingbury, Essex: Andrew Newton … 93
The Rose and Crown, 109 High Street, Maldon: Timothy Howson & John Smith … 103
The West Ham Marshes and post-medieval flood defences at Rawalpindi House, Newham: I. Grosso, G. Thompson, F. Meddens, D.S. Young & R. Batchelor … 111
Daniel Defoe’s knowledge of Essex: the evidence of A Whole Tour thru’ the Whole Island of Great Britain: Pat Rogers … 127
Fieldwork Summaries: Paul Gilman … 142
Part of the main, archaeology in its European context: a review of four recent books: Nigel Brown … 159
Shorter Notes
Middle to Late Bronze Age Settlement and Saltworking at Burnham West, Burnham-on-Crouch: Tom Collie, with Rachel Clarke … 164
Late Iron Age Ceramic Spouted Strainer Bowls from Heybridge, Elms Farm: Paul Sealey … 168
Book Reviews
‘Kingdom, Civilas, and County: the evolution of territorial identity in the English landscape’: Richard Havis … 171
‘The Hundred Parishes: an introduction’: Dr. Jane Pearson … 171
Essex Bibliography: Andrew Phillips & Paul Sealey … 173

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Essex Society for Archaeology and History - latest news during 'lockdown'

Members will have received the Summer 2020 edition of the Newsletter (NL191) over the past few days. It gives information regarding the proposed restart of activities, effective from September 2020.  The Annual General Meeting has been moved to Saturday 17 October to be held at the Albert Sloman Library at the University of Essex.

The Newsletter is now being compiled and edited by Adrian Corder-Birch.  The Society has plans to phase out the Newsletter as it takes on the Essex Journal for 2021.  Members will, in future, be contacted by email.   There is also notice of a change in management of the Society's website.

Items in this edition of the Newsletter include
- Essex Journal
- British Association of Local History Award for ESAH Newsletter
- Welcome to New Members
- Hugh Peskett (1932-2020)
- Back to the Future. The impact of science across Essex
- The Essex Place-Names Project
- Early Falconry
- Audley End seen by a Yorkshire Antiquary
- Little Leighs Estate Map of 1735
- Eastern Counties Coal Boring & Development Association Ltd
- Harwich Harbour
- Duels: the responsibilities of attending medical men
- Gestingthorpe Choir
- Essex's Palenque or Stonehenge?
- Essex seen from elsewhere
- A brownfield nature reserve at Canvey Wick 

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

United Kingdom "Lockdown"

All should by now be aware of the unprecedented measures taken by the Government to prevent the spread of coronavirus among its citizens.  People are required to stay at home and only leave their homes in certain circumstances.

Essex Record Office Closed Until Further Notice

An important message from the Essex Record Office
The Essex Record Office will be closed to the public from Monday 23 March until further notice.
In light of the fast-evolving COVID-19 public health threat and UK government guidelines around social distancing and gatherings we have been consulting with departments within Essex County Council to make the difficult decision to close the Essex Record Office building to the public in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff with immediate effect.
All scheduled events have already been cancelled until at least the end of July.
We are hoping to maintain several digital services during the closure period of the physical building, all of which will be under constant review.
You can access these through our website: https://www.essexrecordoffice.co.uk/
Currently these include:
• Email enquiries about the records we hold
• Catalogue search
• Subscriptions and access to digital images of historic Essex parish registers and wills, as well as some electoral registers
• Purchase a certificate of a birth, marriage or death that took place in Essex
We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by these changes to our usual service and would like to thank you for your understanding. Please keep checking our social media pages and website for updates.
We would also like to thank you for your support for the Essex Record Office as we continue to preserve and keep secure the archives of Essex for generations to come.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Colchester Museums Closed during Coronavirus Outbreak

The Essex Society for Archaeology and History has received public notice of the closure of Colchester Castle Museum of Hollytrees "for the duration" of the Covid-19 outbreak.  This means that access to our Storeroom will not be possible in the usual way.

Closure of Colchester Borough Council Buildings and delivery of council services.
Following the Government’s advice on helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 we have taken the decision to close our buildings to the public from the end of today (Wednesday 18 March).
However, while our buildings are closed to the public, all other services, including the Community Hub and Waste and Recycling Service, are operating as usual. Our parks, public spaces and public toilets are also open.
  The buildings that will close to the public include:
  • All Leisure World sites (including Aqua Springs)
  • Charter Hall
  • Town Hall
  • Colchester Castle Museum
  • Hollytrees Museum (including the Visitor Information Centre)
  • The Natural History Museum
  • High Woods Country Park Visitor Centre
  • Colchester Borough Homes Greenstead Housing Office
It is anticipated that these buildings will be closed for the foreseeable future. However this will be reviewed on at least a weekly basis.
We would like to reassure the public that anyone who has purchased a ticket or place for any of our classes, events or shows at any of these venues will be contacted over the next few days and offered a refund or the opportunity to attend any events or shows being rescheduled.
Leisure World - Membership charges for Leisure World will be frozen during this period.
Colchester Museums - While Colchester Castle and the museums will be closed to the general public, they will still accommodate any planned educational visits behind closed doors while the schools remain open.
The Visitor Information Centre - (based in Hollytrees Museum) will continue to operate through its website visitcolchester.com and its social media channels providing advice for locals and visitors alike, with updates on venues and attractions during this time.
Colchester Borough Homes - Tenants will continue to be able to contact Colchester Borough Homes by telephone on 01206 282514 or email info@cbhomes.org.uk for advice and assistance. cbhomes.org.uk/
Residents needing to contact the council during this period can access the council’s service’s digitally through our website and details of how to contact services can be found at 
colchester.gov.uk/contact/ or by calling 01206 282222.
The Community Hub at Colchester Library remains open as usual, with opening hours of 9am-5pm. 
Waste and recycling collections remain in place and are being maintained.  

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Essex Society for Archaeology and History: Latest News on Covid-19. Closure of Albert Sloman Library

This is to let you know that, sadly, the Albert Sloman Library at the University of Essex which houses the Society's collection of books will be closed to users from today, Tuesday 17 March, until further notice. This decision has been taken as a consequence of the seriousness of current coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic.

I would be obliged if you could let ESAH members know that access to the Society’s library will not be possible until the Covid-19 crisis has abated. I will let you know just as soon as I can of the proposed reopening date for the Library.

Please note that during the closure period I will be visiting the Library occasionally, working from home, and generally keeping up-to-date with my emails. So, if an ESAH member has a particularly pressing need to access a book or journal from the Library, I will do my best to facilitate this.

Apologies for having to be the bearer of this unfortunate news.


Nigel Cochrane

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Essex Society for Archaeology and History: Latest News on events and meetings in light of Covid-19

17 March 2020
Subject: ESAH and pandemic
Hope you are all well. Unfortunately the wording of our notice to members has been overtaken by events. With government advice now to avoid unnecessary travel and social interaction tomorrow's visit to Miss Wilmotts garden should not go ahead. Howard/Jane do you have email adresses or phone numbers for those who have booked (I imagine there aren't that many) if so could you contact them at let them know not to attend. If not we'll just have to hope they have heard and heed the government advice. Perhaps also let the host of the event know. Thanks and sorry to bother you with this.

14 March 2020
The following is being sent to all registered members

Dear Member,
Re: Corona virus and ESAH events and meetings

In view of the ongoing Corona virus pandemic it has been necessary to make some changes to
the ESAH programme of events. In accordance with government advice, this week’s visit
to Miss Wilmott’s garden will proceed as planned. It is an open air event, numbers will be small and
if simple precautions such as not shaking hands and maintaining a greater distance than usual from
each other risk will be minimal.

However, it has been decided to postpone both the Morant Lecture (25th April) and visit to
the Warner Textile archive (22nd May). Whilst current government advice does not require the
postponement of such events the Society has decided to take a precautionary approach. Revised dates
will be advertised in due course, for those of you who have booked but are unable to attend on the
revised dates refunds will be offered. Committee and Council meetings planned for late March and
April have also been postponed.

It is hoped that the AGM will proceed as planned on 27th June, if it has to be postponed notification
will be given, and the revised date will be 17th October.

I apologise for any inconvenience caused but hope you will understand the circumstance which have
led to these decisions. If you would like any further information or clarification please contact me or Howard Brooks (our Secretary) at essexarchaeology@hotmail.com.

Yours sincerely
Nigel Brown

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Essex Society for Archaeology and History. Programme for 2020

The Programme for 2020 has been published on the website and can be found by clicking on this link: http://esah1852.org.uk/events

Essex Record Office Conference: Saturday 7 March 2020

'Back to the Future. The impact of science across Essex' is a day Conference to be held at the Essex Record Office on Saturday 7 March 2020. For details please follow thi slink:

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Blackmore Area Local History: Henry Fitzroy. Born Blackmore. June 1519

Blackmore Area Local History: Henry Fitzroy. Born Blackmore. June 1519: To commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of the birth of Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of Henry VIII, a small exhibition has been placed around the Font. If you cannot make it follow the link to view the eight panels.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Essex Society for Archaeology and History. Annual General Meeting. Saturday 8 June 2019

Papers in readiness for the Essex Society for Archaeology and History Annual General Meeting have been sent to members.

The meeting will be held at Little Maplestead Church, Church Street, Little Maplestead on Saturday 8 June 2019 at 2.00pm.

Chelmsford Industrial Trail. Originally devised and written by Stanley Wood in 1987. Revised and up-dated by Tony Crosby and Dave Buckley in 2018

Members of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History will have receive a 54-page book, in colour, produced by Messrs Crosby and Buckley to mark 30 years since the production of the original work 'Chelmsford Industrial Trail'.  It has been produced on behalf of the Essex Industrial Heritage Group.

Much has changed since 1987.  Many Chelmsford residents once worked in important local industries such as Christy, Crompton, Hoffmann and Marconi.  Chelmsford City hails itself as the 'Birthplace of Radio': 2020 sees the centenary of experimental broadcasts from the Marconi site.

"This new edition includes the industrial sites from Stanley Wood's original guide which survive, albeit in altered state, and describes what changes have taken place. It also highlights those sites which have been totally lost and redeveloped"

Newsletter (Spring 2019)

Newsletter No. 188, Spring 2019, has been sent to members of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History. Contents in this edition include:
- From The President
- Morant Lecture 2019
- EIAG Delivers an Updated Chelmsford Industrial Trail
- Princely Tomb Artifacts Return to Southend
- Turkish Pirate Ship off Leigh-on-Sea
- All in a Days Duty
- Setting Up Libraries in the Seventeenth Century
- SPAB, the National Trust and Eastbury Manor, Barking
- Another Troublesome Essex Rector
- Evangelical Religion in Chelmsford in 1538
- Latitude and Longitude Coordinates versus Ordnance Survey Grid References
- A Late Erroneous Inscription
- An Antiquarian's Nightmare
- William Ayloff of Hornchurch and Iron Firebacks made in Kent
- Goshams Farm, East Tilbury
- V2 Rocket Archaeology
- Ig Nobel Awards for 2018
- Wallasea Island Update
- News about the Victoria County History of Essex
- Essex Seen From Elsewhere
- Book Reviews
- Readers Letters
- Events in Essex
- We Welcome New Members  

Transactions. Fourth Series. Vol. 8 (2017)

Members of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History will have received the latest volume of Transactions - published May 2019.  It will be available for sale through our online Bookshop soon.

Essex Society for Archaeology and History
Transactions. Fourth Series. Volume 8 (2017)
(167 pages)

Further investigation of the prehistoric settlement and Early Saxon cemetery at Springfield Lyons, Chelmsford: Trevor Ennis … 1
Archaeological Fieldwork at Site R, Bradwell Quarry, near Braintree, 2001-2011: Mark Germany … 43
Medieval occupation at Robinson Road, Brightlingsea: Kieron Heard … 64
A tale of two head-stops: the military and marital careers of Sir Edmund de Duresme of Ashdon: Nigel Saul … 85
Crisis and change in Thaxted Manor, 1350-1500: Richard Till … 96
Maldon’s Old Moot Hall and Market Place: a reinterpretation:  J R Smith … 104
A history of the oil, gas and petrochemical industries on Canvey Island: Stephen Murray … 114
Fieldwork Summaries: Paul Gilman (ed) … 128
Shorter Notes
Late Upper Palaeolithic material from two Essex sites: Hazel Martingell & David R Bain … 147
Time Team’s evaluation of Colne Priory, Earls Colne, near Colchester, Essex: Steve Thompson … 150
Local Heritage Lists and Industrial Heritage in Essex: Adrian Corder-Birch & Tony Crosby … 155
Book Reviews
Archaeological landscapes of East London: six multi-period sites excavated in advance of gravel quarrying in the London Borough of Havering: I Howell, D Swift, B Watson, J F Cotton & P A Greenwood (Paul R Sealey) … 160
Fields of Britannia: Stephen Rippon, Chris Smart & Ben Pears (Maria Medlycott & Richard Havis) … 161
Archaeology in Hertfordshire: recent research, a Festschrift for Tony Rook: K Lockyer (Paul R Sealey) … 162
Colchester in the Great War: Andrew Phillips (Jane Pearson) … 162
Essex Bibliography: Andrew Phillips & Paul Sealey … 165
Revised Notes for Contributors … 165