Thursday, 21 April 2016

West Essex Archaeological Group. Events



Monday 9th May
Rudge Memorial Lecture: ‘The Thames at War’, illustrated talk by Gustav Milne, Museum of London Archaeology, 7.45 p.m., School Hall, Woodford County High School, High Road, Woodford Green.  Free entry and refreshments.

16 – 17; 23 – 24; and 30 – 31 July: Excavation Taster Weekends  at Copped Hall near Epping, aimed at complete beginners.  For more information and bookings, visit www.weag.org.uk

13 – 17 and 27 -31 August: Five-Day Field Schools, ongoing excavation of Tudor grand-house at Copped Hall, near Epping.  For full details and bookings , visit www.weag.org.uk

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Gaps in 'Current Archaeology'? We can help.

Current Archaeology.  We have received a complete run of Current Archaeology from #1 to #302 (May 2015) which we do not need for our Library.  Do you have gaps on your bookshelf or does your archaeological or historical institute, university or group have the same problem?  Each item only 30p + P&P.  Contact us.  We might be be able to help.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Newsletter (Spring 2016)

The Spring 2016 edition of the Newsletter (NL177) arrived through the post for many members of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History on Saturday.  Readers will immediately notice that the front cover is different, illustrating six Roman coins which were stolen from Chelmsford Museum in January 2016 and remain, alas, unrecovered.  Why someone would steal these is a question that does not warrant comment, other than to reflect what the curator of the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge said in response to the jailing of the gang responsible that the Chinese artefacts, not found, belonged in a sense to everyone.  

The Newsletter is another 24-page edition, the contents of which include:
- From The President.  Adrian Corder-Birch mentions that 'Excavations along the M25', occasional paper is available to members with additional copies on sale to the public; the work of Philip Crummy and Colchester Archaeological Trust in connection with the Fenwick Treasure, now on display at Colchester Museum, and excavations of the Roman arcade in the High Street; and, the forthcoming Annual General Meeting to be held at the Castle. (Papers will be circulated separately.)
- Coins Stolen from Chelmsford Museum
- Heritage Crime Investigation Rumbles a Dutch Deception
- A Vengeful Saint
- Essex Utopias?
- Society Visit to Jaywick Martello Tower, 26 February 2016
- John Booth, Essex Antiquary - a postscript
- Roman Arcade Attracts A Crowd
- Harlow Temple Digitisation Project: an update
- Excavations at Pleshey
- Henry VIII's Jericho?
- Major Brinson's Italian Excavations
- Eddington Engineering in Chelmsford
- Archaeologists explore Envrironment Agency's LIDAR
- The Society Archives: The Sellers give us the Sixties
- ESAH Finds New Home for Pottery Fragments
- Essex Churches Project
- Essex seen from Elsewhere
- Library Purchases and Donations
- Vernacular Architecture
- The Meaning of Mucking
- Events In Essex
- Readers Letters
- Essex Journal
- Book Reviews

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Some Essex Closing-Rings 8

Concluding the series of photographs presented to the Revd. G Montagu Benton by Fred Brand in 1935 of Essex closing-rings on church doors, these examples come from White Roding (White Roothing), Widdington and Witham.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The Hyde, Ingatestone: Eulogy For A Country House School

The Hyde, Ingatestone, was the seat of John Disney the first President of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History.  During the twentieth century until gutted by fire it was a school.


From David Archer Wright:

Discovering this article and other references to The Hyde Ingatestone, immediately evoked suppressed memories of long past familiarities.

As country houses go, The Hyde, although by no means architecturally outstanding, was certainly a property worth cataloguing. The splendidly re-structured Palladium style great hall with finely turned Tuscan columns and grand sweeping staircase, even during latter day school use, was impressively adorned with fascinatingly complementing period artefacts:  time dulled oil paintings in ornate guilt frames, dusty doe eyed stag's heads, stuffed owls in glass domes and a fine eighteenth century long case clock.

As a pupil spending my formative years here, I also recall the rows of servants' bells in the lengthy corridor leading between lofty kitchens and wood panelled dining room, summoning past eras of wealthier times. 

Privileged highlights amidst the dull chalk dusted lessons were officially escorted introductions to the dizzying heights of the rooftop balustrades or the dark dank depths of the cellars. In the stable block heavy archaic accumulators were clues to an earlier, more prosaic source of electricity.

Most exciting of all was a secret room entered by way of an opening bookcase, its subtly hinged shelves lined from floor to ceiling with false leather bound first editions. The wide oak floorboards in front of the books maintained a highly lustred finish with the enthusiastic aid of fleet footed boys organised into skating parties, fiercely sliding up and down in outsized football socks. In a room on the third floor (no doubt out of bounds) silent stacks of redundant cast iron bedsteads remained as inherited evidence of the house's use as a military hospital during WWI. 

The date 1719 is for some reason embossed on my memory as surely as it was on the cast iron tops of guttering down pipes beside certain bricked up windows.

As a school, typical 'Basil Fawltyesque' ideology was nurtured from an early age; high moral values indoctrinating tender young minds. We were systematically encouraged to feel pride in being British: superior.  Psychology was a load of tommy rot.  Anyone speaking with a regional accent was a yob. Break times in the shrubbery provided initiation and intensive instruction into the extra curricula activities of fighting smoking and bullying.

The greatest tribute payable to the Hyde School, its highest possible accolade, most praiseworthy of progenies and ultimate achievement, is the fact that it was burnt down. It bequeaths a legacy of ploughed up arable fields.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Next Meeting: Great Dunmow Maltings. Saturday 16 April 2016

Great Dunmow Maltings and the town's museum on site is the venue for the next meeting of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History on Saturday 16 April 2016.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Some Essex Closing-Rings 7

Continuing the series of Essex Closing-Rings photographed by Fred Brand in the 1930s. These examples are from the churches at Takeley, Terling, West Hanningfield and Wethersfield.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Rayleigh Town Museum: New Visitor Attraction in Essex

Rayleigh, its People, Places and Heritage

Local History Group 'Rayleigh Through the Looking Glass' have over time acquired a significant number of Rayleigh related artefacts, such as postcards, maps, books, ephemera and much more. These are displayed at a number of regular exhibitions held in the town but they are worthy of a permanent home for all to see, enjoy, and learn about our Town’s history.
The Rayleigh Town Museum will be open to the public from 2pm on Saturday 9th April. 
Opening times thereafter will be Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm

Friday, 8 April 2016

Big news. The Twitter account now has 1000 followers.

The Essex Society for Archaeology and History does not have, and has never had, 1000 members but has achieved this following on Twitter. An interesting social comment.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Free Archaeological Training at Maldon: 13-15 May 2016

The Essex Society for Archaeology and History has received the following information from CITiZAN: 

CITiZAN - free archaeological training at Maldon's Barge Graveyard, May 2016

I hope your members may be interested in the following: an archaeological skills training event at the Barge Graveyard on 13th - 15th May 2016. If you could forward the below to your members that would be great; I do hope that some of you will be able to attend. Please email me if you have any questions.

Best wishes

Free training in archaeological recording methods from CITiZAN (the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network)

Wind, waves and winter storms wreak havoc on England's coastal and estuarine heritage by exposing sites and washing them away before they are ever seen. CITiZAN is a response to these threats to our island heritage. We are a community archaeology project actively promoting the recording and long-term monitoring of these sites by a band of dedicated volunteers.

On the 13th-15th May CITiZAN will be holding a free training weekend focusing on the Barge Graveyard in Promenade Park, Maldon, Essex.

This fascinating site contains the remains of 15 or more vessels including named Thames sailing barges, fishing vessels, an Admiralty launch and a lighter.On Friday 13th May, 6-9pm at the Moot Hall in Maldon, there’ll be a classroom session with talks on CITiZAN aims and methods, research questions for the site and Health and Safety on the foreshore. We’ll also have a ‘dry run’ at scale planning. On Saturday (11.30-14.30) and Sunday (12.30-15.30) we’ll be down on the foreshore on for a short guided tour of the site then we’ll record of one or more of the vessels using proformas, photography and scale drawing.

The weekend will equip you with skills in archaeological recording techniques and help to add detail to CITiZAN’s interactive map of coastal and intertidal archaeology. There’s also the potential for follow up work which would contribute to the aims of the East of England archaeological research framework: “a survey of the shipwrecks along the estuaries, coast and offshore is needed. The survey should be coupled with historic research and cross-reference to records of groups such as the Society for Sailing Barges”.All attendees with recieves a CPD certificate and a CITiZAN edition Archaeology Skills Passport.

The site is near to car parking in Promenade Park but please note that access to the site is via a narrow, informal path that can get slippery. The site lies on the intertidal mud flat and wellington boots are advised.

To sign up for the weekend, or for further information, please contact Lara at lband@mola.org.uk
Lara Band | CITiZAN Archaeologist for Training  lband@mola.org.uk
CITiZAN (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network) www.citizan.org.uk

CITiZAN is hosted by MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) www.mola.org.uk with partners the Council for British Archaeology and National Archaeology Society.  The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Crown Estate and National Trust with additional support from Historic England.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Zepfest Film Presentation: Friday 8 April 2016


The forced landing of the German Zeppelin L33 at 1.20am on 24 September 1916 at Little Wigborough is commemorated by Zepfest (http://www.zepfest.net/#home ), now National Trust property, on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2016.  Tickets for the main event go on sale in due course. 

In the meantime, on Friday 8 April 2016 starting at 7.30pm at Abbotts Hall Meeting Room, Great Wigborough, CO5 7RZ, there will be a film presentation. For more see http://winstred100.org/2016/03/zepfest-film-presentation/

Monday, 4 April 2016

Sutton Hoo Society Lecture: Saturday 28 May 2016


SATURDAY  28th May 2016

The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge

Before royal Sutton Hoo:
The Anglo-Saxon and earlier archaeology found in 2000 beneath the visitor centre

Presenter:  Chris Fearn MA FSA
The Staffordshire Hoard Project

10.30 for 11.00am

Tickets: SHS member £7.00,  non-member £8.00  

Tickets available in advance, or on the day at the Riverside Theatre.
 Please allow sufficient  time on the day to buy your ticket.


Sunday, 3 April 2016

Some Essex Closing-Rings 6

The Essex Society for Archaeology and History continues the online publication of Fred Brand's photographs of Essex church door closing rings from the 1930s, which has recently been received and assigned reference S/LIB/9/51 in the archives.

These examples are from Southchurch, South Hanningfield and Stock.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

London Museum of Water and Steam, Brentford

This item may be of interest to members of the Essex Industrial Archaeology Group:

"I am contacting you from the London Museum of Water and Steam in Brentford, home to the largest collection of water pumping engines in the world. With a collection of seven working water pumping engines including the world largest steam powered engine in operation we are a truly unique site.

"The London Museum of Water and Steam welcomes groups every year from all over Britain and indeed the world. We are able to offer a discounted rate to visiting groups, and in order to qualify for our discounted rate groups must consist of 10 visitors or more.

"Self-led group visit:  £7.50 per person

"Guided tour:  £8.50 per person

"Anna Chrystal
Education and Outreach Officer

London Museum of Water and Steam
Green Dragon Lane