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Saturday, 30 December 2017

Essex Society for Archaeology and History. Programme for 2018

Programme of Visits 2018

Saturday 24 February: 2.00pm
Talk about the Steam Tug Brent, Venue: Chelmsford Museum. Cost £2.00pp to members and £3.00pp to non-members, including refreshments.

Saturday 10 March: 1.00pm
Morant Lecture: Millennium Tour of Clacton, followed by a talk by George Hardwick Venue: Pier Avenue Baptist Church Clacton on Sea Including refreshments. Cost £5.00pp members, £6.00pp non-members

Saturday 14 April: 10.30am
Tour of Castle Point Transport Museum Canvey Island, including refreshments. Cost £5.00pp

Saturday 19 May: 11.00am
Tour and Refreshment package Roman Circus House Colchester £12.50pp (min of 10)

Saturday 9 June: 2.00pm
AGM at Hill Farm Gestingthorpe. After the formal business, Ashley Cooper will offer a tour of the Hill Farm Museum, with its exhibits from geological times to the Second World War. These also include a medieval Guildhall, an eighteenth century corn barn, rural bygones and artefacts from the Roman Villa. There will also be an opportunity visit the site of the Villa and the current archaeological excavations, where a Romano-British ritual site may have existed..

Thursday 5 July
Tour of Rayne Hall and church in Rayne Braintree. Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Saturday 14th July  2pm. Visit to Rochford. 
A free talk, organised by Monumental Brass Society, in conjunction with Rochford Hundred Historical Society, Rochford Town Team and Essex Society for Archaeology and History. There will be 3 speakers and the event is to celebrate the relocation of the Brass to Thomas Stapel 1371. Why not join a tour of Rochford in the morning, tours start at 10am and 12 noon. The tours are free, but donations to the guides are accepted. To book your ticket go to Bookings for Thomas Stapel and enter the password ‘stapel’. More information will be found in a flyer in the next ESAH newsletter.
Venue: St Andrews Church Hall Road Rochford SS4 1NW. Free, donations welcome.


Saturday 18 August: 2.00pm
Tour of Pentlow Hall, Church and Water Mill. Including refreshments. Cost £5.00pp

Saturday 22 September: 10.30pm
 Tour Historic Harwich and Redoubt Fort. All day visit, Lunch not included. Cost £5.00pp

Sunday 7 October: 12.30pm for 1pm
Morant Lunch: at Intimo fresco, 116 High Street, Maldon (Note change of venue). Cost £25 pp Speaker: Tim Howson on the Swan Hotel in Maldon. Bookings by 9 September please.

Saturday 3 November: 10.00am-4.30pm
History & Archaeology Symposium: Venue Christ Church URC Chelmsford. Costs £10.00pp including buffet lunch and refreshments.

Saturday 10 November: 11.00am
 Essex Industrial Archaeology Group (EIAG) Annual Meeting at Colne Valley Railway, including a study day. Non-members £2.00pp.

Further details of all events and availability are available from the Excursions Secretary, Mr. Graham Gould, 16 Osborne Road, Leyton, E10 5QW.  All events to be booked via the Excursion Secretary at least 10 days prior to the event. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope for each event, for maps and other instructions if you do not want these by email.  Cheques should be made payable to the Essex Society for Archaeology and History. If there are any transport issues in attending these events, please contact the Programme Secretary.

The visits on the Society's programme are open to members and associate members only.  The Society can accept no liability for loss or injury sustained by members attending any of its programmed events.  Members are asked to take care when visiting old buildings or sites and to alert others to any obvious risks.  Please respect the privacy of those who invite us into their homes.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Newsletter (Winter 2017)

Newsletter #184 (Winter 2017) has just been issued to members of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History. The inserts include a Membership Card 2018 with the Programme of events, visits and lectures for the year.  The Newsletter contains the following items:
- From The President
- £500 grant awarded for the production of a book entitled 'Prostitution in Victorian Colchester' by Jane Pearson
- Late Medieval Deed Collection, Coggeshall
- Dr Francis Gibson (c1597-1677)
- Sir Edward Bysshe's Visitation of Essex, 1664-68
- A Glimpse of Chipping Ongar Trades between 1600 and 1660
- Olivers Manor House at Stanway
- Who Do You Think You Are? Fearne Cotton and her Essex Connection
- A Pen Portrait from 1720
- Lancelot Capability Brown: Three Contrasting Contracts in Essex
- How Essex became a Diocese with Chelmsford as its Cathedral
- Well Digging at East Hanningfield
- Bedstead Clocks in Essex
- Harold Wilson's Briefcase
- History and Archaeology Symposium, 2017 
- EIAG Industrial Heritage Fair 2017
- Panel of Speakers
- Officer' Vacancies
- Members Subscriptions
- ESAH Website
- Essex Record Office Statistics
- Events in Essex
- Books for Sale

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

History Around Essex: January 2018

Local History Societies' events in Essex in January, 2018

Thursday, 11th January. Loughton and District Historical Society. Methodist Church, Loughton High Road at 8 p.m.
Bryn Elliott, Lippetts Hill Camp in War and Peace.

Saturday, 13th January. Historical Association (Essex branch). Trinity Methodist Church, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford at 2.30 p.m.
Dr David L.Smith, Oliver Cromwell: Hero or Villain?

Wednesday, 17th January. Leyton and Leytonstone Local History Society. Leyton Sixth Form College, Essex Road, Leyton at 7.45 p.m.
Les Capon, From an Alderman's House to a slum.

Thursday, 18th January. Halstead Local History Society. Baptist Church, Hedingham Road, Halstead at 7.30 p.m.
Annual General Meeting

Friday, 19th January. Thurrock History Society. Adult Community College, Richmond Road, Grays at 8 p.m.
Susan Yates, Essex Curiosities.

Wednesday, 24th January. Saffron Walden History Society. Friends' Meeting House, 71 High Street, Saffron Walden at 7.45 p.m.
Hilary Walker, Living in Saffron Walden in the Eighteenth Century. Part 2.

With thanks to Christopher Thompson, ESAH member for this information.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Festive Cheer

On the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 this morning there was an item noting that the British drink more wine now than ever before - the reason is because glass sizes have become bigger.  It reminded me that today (14 December) 165 years ago, the inaugural meeting of the Essex Archaeological Society was held, after which 35 members dined at The Cups Hotel, Colchester, spending 7s. 6d. each on a pint of wine.  Apart from the relatively huge expense of wine in 1852 (37.5p), it is worth noting that a pint is just over 2 large pub glasses (2 x 250ml) these days.