Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Friends of Essex Churches. Spring Study Day. Wednesday 3 May 2017


Everyone is invited to join Essex historian
Dr Christopher Starr
for talks in 4 interesting medieval churches in NW Essex


10.30         St Mary the Virgin, Stebbing
                   (Watch House Road, CM6 3SW)
11.00               Tea and coffee will be available.
11.30         St Peter & St Paul, Bardfield Saling
(Church Road, CM7 5ED)    
12.30           Lunch, own arrangements, there are pubs and places for picnics in the vicinity.
14.00         St Mary the Virgin, Little Sampford
(CB10 2QL)
15.00         St Michael, Great Sampford
(CB10 2RS) 
16.00               Light refreshments will be available.

There are lavatories in the vicinity of each church except Bardfield Saling.

The order in which we visit the churches is determined by the availability of refreshments, and as these are kindly provided by the churches suitable donations would be appreciated please.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------To:   Mrs S. Clark-Starr, 10 Kings Meadow, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 0HP

I/We wish to attend the FOECT Spring Study Day on Wednesday 3 May 2017
and enclose a cheque made payable to FRIENDS OF ESSEX CHURCHES TRUST

No. members @ £7 each (      )    No. guests @ £10.00 ea. (      )    Donation £………  Total £……..……………



Tel. Nos:.. 


Charity No. 236033

We are trying to raise £1000 for FOECT to support some of our wonderful churches and welcome any donations.

The next Autumn Study Day will be held on Saturday 7 October 2017 in south-east Essex

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Fully Booked 'Lost Landscapes: Reconstructing Medieval Conference' at Essex Record Office

The Essex Society for Archaeology and History, with the Essex Places Names Project, was pleased to sponsor a conference, 'Lost Landscapes: Reconstructing medieval Essex' held at the Essex Record Office today, Saturday 18 March 2017.

Medieval Essex was a land of rich variety, including estuaries and marshland, coastline and rivers, royal forests and ancient countryside. The landscape around us can seem like a fixed and permanent thing but it is, in fact, ever-changing, shaped by both natural and human forces. Today, expert speakers will explore how the landscape of medieval Essex shaped the lives of the people who lived there, and how they in turn shaped the environment around them.

Registration and refreshments
Dr Jim Galloway – Storms, floods and fisheries: the Thames marshes in the later middle ages
Tea and coffee
Dr James Kemble – How the Essex Placenames database can help your research
Paul Mardon – What’s in a name? What names tell us about places
Graham Jolliffe – Reconstructing an Essex medieval deer park
Dr Christopher Thornton – The ‘Wick’ farms of St Osyth
Prof. Stephen Rippon – Early medieval estates in Essex

A little about our speakers…

Dr Jim Galloway is an independent researcher specialising in medieval economic and environmental history. Formerly of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, he now lives in Ireland and is a Visiting Lecturer at Carlow College.

Paul Mardon has been a volunteer with the Essex Place Names Project since 2009 and has worked on a number of parishes across the county. He also gives talks to local groups and provides advice and guidance to volunteer recorders.

Dr James Kemble studied Landscape and Archaeology at Cambridge and London and has a degree in Archaeological Sciences. He is Coordinator of the Essex Place-Names Project.

Graham Jolliffe is a Research Data Manager at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex. He is the co-founder and Chairman of the Stebbing Local History Society which was established in 1995. He has done a considerable amount of original research on Stebbing which has been distributed through the society’s own publications. Since 2013 he has been working with Professor L. R. Poos of the Catholic University of America to transcribe, interpret and map the medieval and Tudor manorial documentary evidence for Stebbing – today's talk was a product of that research.

Dr Christopher Thornton is County Editor of the Victoria County History of Essex, Chairman of the Friends of Historic Essex and has been involved with the Essex Place Names Project since its launch. His research on Essex has ranged from medieval buildings, settlement and field systems to the history of modern seaside resorts. Most recently he has been investigating the history of the parish, market town and abbey of St Osyth for next volume of the VCH.

Prof. Stephen Rippon is Professor of Landscape Archaeology at the University of Exeter, although he was born and brought up in Essex. His most recent book – The Fields of Britannia – explored the extent of continuity in land-use from the Roman through to the early medieval periods. He is currently researching the development of territorial structures (kingdoms, civitates, counties, and estates) across eastern England.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Newsletter (Spring 2017)

Newsletter #181 has been issued to members of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History. In this edition:
- From the President
- Essex Record Office
- Growing Heritage
- Stondon Massey Rectory
- Visit to Colchester Castle Gaol in 1801
- Prison Regime at Chelmsford in the 1830s
- A Grammar School in Essex: Brentwood
- Essex Links to Schism in North American Quakerism
- Gustav Holst, Conrad Noel and the Whitsun Festivals at Thaxted
- Richard Warner and Pehr Kalm
- Pehr Kalm and the Essex Countryside in 1748
- Birch Church: an update
- Ash Dieback and the Emerald Ash Borer
- An Apposite Sermon
- An Essex Good Pub Guide of 1636?
- Essex Seen From Elsewhere
- Readers Letters
- Book Reviews
- Events in Essex

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Essex Society for Archaeology and History Morant Lecture, at Newport: Saturday 11 March 2017

Saturday 11 March 2.00pm
Morant Lecture: Illustrated Talk by Ben Cowell on Some Essex Country Houses and their Owners, Venue: Church House Newport Including refreshments. Cost £5.00 members of Essex Society for Archaeology and History, £6.00 non-members

Southend Historic Environment Record and the Preservation of Southend's Heritage: The President writes to its Borough Council

The Essex Society for Archaeology & History 

Mr. Peter Geraghty, 
Director of Planning and Transport, 
Southend on Sea Borough Council, 
Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, 
SS2 6ER 

1st March 2017 

Dear Mr. Geraghty, 

Southend Historic Environment Record and Protection of Southend's Heritage 

Thank you for your letter of 11th January, setting out Southend Borough Council's arrangements for its Historic Environment Record (HER). We note that the HER is currently held at Southend Museum. The Southend Museums service is a great asset to the Borough; the town's museums are amongst the best in Essex and stand comparison with any Local Authority run museums in England. Southend has particularly fine and extensive archaeological collections; the work of a museum archaeologist is, of course, very different from that of a planning archaeologist, who must maintain and enhance the HER, identify necessary archaeological work arising from the planning process, prepare a brief to govern such work, approve written schemes, monitor fieldwork, and subsequent post-excavation work through to publication. How many archaeological staff does the Museum's service employ? and is it correct to assume that there are staff whose duties are dedicated to the maintenance of the HER and management of the archaeological resource through the planning process? 

Yours sincerely, 
Adrian Corder-Birch 
President, Essex Society for Archaeology and History 

Historical Association Lecture: Saturday 11 March 2017

The Essex Society for Archaeology and History has received this notice which it is pleased to publish.  The Morant Lecture is on the same day.

Dear John

Please find details of the next talk of Essex Branch of the Historical Association which may be of interest to your members.

The March talk of the Essex Branch of the Historical Association will be held on 11 March 2017, 2.30pm at the Trinity Methodist Church, Rainsford Road, and is entitled The Protestation of 1642 in Essex by Prof. John Walter, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Essex and the author of Covenanting Citizens: The Protestation Oath and Popular Political Culture in the English Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2017)

In 1641 Parliament, fearing that the king was plotting against them, introduced and took an oath called the Protestation. This was an oath with radical intentions and revolutionary consequences primarily intending to get the nation to swear parish by parish in defence of Parliament. The Protestation returns provide a census of mid-seventeenth-century England still too little known or used. They challenge our conventional picture of the Civil War as a reluctant conflict among the political elite, telling a tale of how ‘ordinary’ men and women in responding to the political and religious messages of the oath claimed for themselves a political voice.   

Visitors warmly welcomed - £3.

Thank You 
Debbie Cresswell (publicity officer)