Sunday, 17 June 2018

'The Bardfield Painters'. A talk for High Country History Group. Thursday 28 June 2018. 8pm

Fed up with football on TV messing up the schedules?  Want to escape the nonsense and do something more interesting instead?  We have the answer.

On Thursday 28 June at 8pm Jacqui Eykelbosch will be giving a talk on The Bardfield Painters.  The village of Great Bardfield during the mid-twentieth century became a well-known artists’ colony, among them Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious.

The High Country History Group meet at Toot Hill Village Hall, Stanford Rivers.  Members £1.  Visitors £3.  Book stall and refreshments as usual.

This is a fixture you won’t want to miss.

Andrew Smith
High Country History Group

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Roman Finds Group Autumn Meeting. London. 15 October 2018

The Roman Finds Group Autumn Conference
in association with
The Museum of London
Monday October 15th 2018

The conference comprises three sessions of papers with twelve talks covering various aspects of Roman funerary archaeology and finds, primarily in London. We are getting more and more people to our meetings and this meeting will also be widely advertised by the Museum of London and MOLA marketing teams so early booking is strongly advised. The cost of the meeting is £18 for fully paid up RFG members, £15 for students and £22 for non-members. Attendance applications can be made by filling out the form below and returning it with the required payment to the address stated.

What’s included?
·         Access to all conference sessions and poster viewings.
·         Tea, coffee, and biscuits as per the conference programme.
·         Visit to the ‘The Roman Dead’ Exhibition during the lunch break.

Book Sales/Poster Displays
There will be space for posters, and discussion during all breaks. There will also be space for the sale of books should anyone wish to do so. If so, please contact Stephen Greep in advance. MOLA will be offering Roman cemetery excavation reports for sale at a discount and PCA (Pre-construct Archaeology) will be selling discounted copies of their Roman Burials in Southwark and other reports

Getting to the Museum of The London Docklands
The closest tube station is West India Quay - the museum entrance is two minutes’ walk. To find more information about getting to the museum please visit their website:  

Questions and Further Information
More details about the exhibition Museum of London Docklands Roman Dead are available at https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands/whats-on/exhibitions/roman-dead?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9P_thPf_2AIVxbztCh1jsgfDEAAYASAAEgIyP_D_BwE. Questions about the RFG meeting should be emailed to Stephen Greep at: sjgreep@romanfinds.org.uk We look forward to seeing you.

 Finds for the dead in Roman London and beyond
Conference Schedule

10.00    Registration (with tea, coffee and biscuits)

10.30    Welcome: Jackie Keily, Senior Curator, Prehistory and Roman, Museum of London

Session one:
Chair: Mike Marshall, MOLA

10.40    Alison Telfer, MOLA – A watery grave: funerary activity in the upper Walbrook valley

11.05    Angela Wardle, Roman Finds Group – Grave goods from high status Roman burials at Spitalfields

11.30    Victoria Ridgeway, PCA - Something fishy going on in Southwark: diet, mobility and burial practices in Londinium's southern Cemetery

11.55    Jackie Keily and Meriel Jeater, Museum of London – Designing the ‘Roman Dead’

12.20    Lunch and The Roman Dead Exhibition Viewing

Session Two  

Chair:  Stephen Greep, Roman Finds Group

13.50    Julian Bowsher, MOLA – Roman coins from cemeteries in London

14.15    Rebecca Redfern, Museum of London – Jane/John Doe: identifying Roman mobility using bioarchaeology

14.40    Kevin Hayward, PCA – Commemoration and Internment of the Roman dead in London: The use of stone

15.05    John Pearce, Kings College London – Marking the dead in Roman London: text, sculpture, monument 

15.30   Coffee, Tea and biscuits – viewing of posters

Session Three

Chair:  Jackie Keily, Museum of London

16.00    Stephen Greep, Roman Finds Group – Scroll Holders and the Funerary Pyre: an example from Roman London

16.15    Owen Humphreys, University of Reading – Tombs of the unknown craftsmen? Carpenter burials in Roman Britain and Europe

16.30    Adam Parker, York Museum TrustMystery Solved: A Gold Plaque in the Collections of the Yorkshire Museum

16.45    Glynn Davis, Colchester MuseumsColchester’s Roman Dead: Collections, Cremations and Coffins
17.00    Closing remarks: Jenny Hall, Roman Finds Group

The Roman Finds Group and Museum of London
 Autumn Conference
Finds for the dead in Roman London and beyond
Booking Form

If you wish to attend the conference please complete the following form and return it with a cheque made out to The Roman Finds Group. Post to Stephen Greep, 6 The Redwoods, Willerby, Hull. HU10 6DQ



Telephone:                                                                   Email:

Meeting Attendance

I would like the following (please indicate number of attendees):

……….            RFG Member £18        … …….Non-Member £22                   ……….Student £15

Total amount of cheque enclosed:      


Total amount to be paid by BACS (Roman Finds Group, Branch: Lloyds, Holborn Circus
Acc. No. 01006637     Sort Code: 30-94-31)


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Friday, 15 June 2018

Rayne Hall Visit Cancelled

The Essex Society for Archaeology and History regret to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances the visit to Rayne Hall and Church has been cancelled.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Richard Stonley Festival. Doddinghurst. 23-24 June 2018

2018 Doddinghurst Stonley Festival 

The Inaugural Doddinghurst Stonley Festival will be held in the Village on Saturday 23rd June  and Sunday 24th June. 

Tudor fun for all the Family will be available as we celebrate the life of Richard Stonley, a diarist who lived in Doddinghurst in Tudor times, whose diaries are in the Folger Museum in Washington DC and who is the first recorded purchaser of a work of William Shakespeare.

As well as many events over the weekend (stalls, crafts, afternoon tea, games, children's activities, Tudor characters, dancing, music displays and history talks) -there are 4 ticket only events at the festival in June. Booking opened 10:30am Sunday 20 May 
  • Saturday 23 June at 7:30pm: The Tudor Feast & Sugar Banquet SOLD OUT
  • Sunday 24 June: Two diary writing workshops for young people. Ages 6-11 (10:45am-11:45am): Book Here. Ages 11+ (12pm-1pm): Book here
  • Sunday 24 June at 3:30pm: The performance by the Pantaloons. (an Essex based Theater company) which is their take on Shakespeare meets whose line is it anyway: Book online Here 
For more details on Richard Stonley & his historical importance - Click Here . Further event details available on the Doddinghurst Stonley Festival Facebook Page Here

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Transactions. Fourth Series Vol. 7 (2016)

Members of ESAH will have received the new edition of Transactions, published May 2018.  It will be on sale soon through our Online Bookshop price £15.00 to a UK address including postage and packing.

Essex Society for Archaeology and History
Transactions. Fourth Series. Volume 7 (2016)
(307 pages)

A Prehistoric and Roman Landscape on the Tendring Plateau. Investigation at Hill Farm, Tendring:   Ellen Heppell … 1
Later Prehistoric Remains and Late Iron Age to Early Roman Enclosures at Roxwell Quarry:  Mark Germany … 45
Further Investigation of the Iron Age and Roman Settlement at Heybridge: Excavations at 39-45 Crescent Road, 2002:  Mark Atkinson … 70
A Roman agricultural landscape in South-East Essex: Excavations at Brays Lane, Rochford:  Robin Wroe-Brown … 112
A Romano-British Ladder system at Asheldham Quarry, Essex:  Antony R. R. Mustchin et al … 129
The Romano-British small town and temple complex at Harlow, Essex: a liminal community on the Catuvellaunian-Trinovantian border:  Stephen Rippon … 142
Middle Saxon and Later Occupation at the former Croxley Works, Church Street, Maldon:  Trevor Ennis … 163
Medieval Riverside development in Chelmsford: Meadows Car Park, 1991:  Patrick Allen … 179
Waltham Abbey’s Panelled Room:  Christina Faraday … 211
Nathaniel Salmon (1675-1742), historian of Hertfordshire, Surrey and Essex:  Michael Leach … 224
Fieldwork Summaries:  Paul Gilman (ed.) … 230
Historic Buildings in Essex Reports from EHBG:  David Andrews (ed.)    249
Braintree Local Heritage List – a community groups and local authority partnership:  Adrian Corder-Birch & Tony Crosby … 275
Shorter Notes
Investigations at New Street, Maldon: Early Iron Age occupation and remains associated with the Carmelite Friary:  Lawrence Morgan-Shelbourne … 285
A Boundary Ditch at Land South of Springfields: consideration of the extent of the Roman town at Great Dunmow in light of this and other recent archaeological investigations:  Phillippa Adams & Mark Atkinson … 291
Trouble at Mill: A Study of a 17th Century Legal Dispute Concerning the Freshwater Family and Heybridge Mills:  Kevin Bruce … 295
Book Reviews
England’s Coastal Heritage: A Review of Progress since 1997, by Peter Murphy:  Nigel Brown … 301
The Secrets of the Mound: Mersea Barrow 1912-2012, by Sue Howlett:  Paul Sealey … 301
Chepyng Walden: a Late Medieval Small Town – Saffron Walden 1438-1490, by Elizabeth Allen:  David Andrews … 302
Essex Bibliography:  Andrew Phillips & Paul Sealey … 304
Revised Notes for Contributors … 305

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Essex Journal (Spring 2018)

Subscribers to the Essex Journal, sponsored by the Essex Society for Archaeology and History, will have received the Spring 2018 edition recently (Vol 53. No. 1). In this edition, dedicated to Andrew Phillips historian of Colchester, are the following articles:
- Editorial
- News from the Essex Journal
- GeoPatterns Essex Walls Close Up
- Boxted Airfield 75th Anniversary
- What a Coincidence: Col. Seymour's Marauder
- Andrew Phillips: An Appreciation
- Cauldrons and witches on Head Street, Colchester?
- The Elegant Society of Georgian Colchester as depicted by James Dunthorne, junior (c.1758-1794)
- J.M. Churchill, MRCS, LSA: Colchester's Medical Coroner
- Thomas Moy: Colchester's 'King Coal'
- On the Brink: Colchester and the Czech Crisis of 1938
- Colchester Recalled: a unique archive
- Book Reviews
- EJ 20 Questions? Chris Thornton

Monday, 4 June 2018

Newsletter (Summer 2018)

The Society's Summer 2018 Newsletter (NL186) has been issued for a few weeks now so that plenty of notice is given to members of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting, to be held at Hill Farm, Gestingthorpe on Saturday 9 June 2018.  Gestingthorpe has its association with the Oates family, and Captain Oates on Scott's ill-fated polar expedition of 1912. On The Antique Roadshow last evening (BBC 1 3.6.18) someone brought along buttons, an ice-pick and compass purported to have been owned by Oates.  A digression.

In this edition is focus on the movement of the brass to Thomas Satpel, a London B style brass, from the redundant church at Sutton to Rochford. A celebration will be held at St Andrew's Church, Rochford, on Saturday 14 July 2.00-4.00pm to which all are invited.

Items this time include:
- From the President, being the final contribution from Adrian Corder-Birch before he steps down from office after the three-year term
- Monumental Brass Society saves Thomas Stapel
- Report on Roman Cremation Vessel Funded
- ESAH, Froste and Mosaic all at Roman Circus House, Colchester
- EAH Transactions Seeks to Publish More History
- William Burges' Work at Waltham Abbey
- A Whale at Wivenhoe
- Wivenhoe High Street 100 Years Ago
- The Diary of an Ejected Minister: Revd. Frances Chandler of Theydon Garnon
- The Courage of an Essex Tailor: William Chieveling 
- Life off Earth and the Rector of Orsett 1638
- The Peasants' Revolt
- Potins
- Apples and Orchards in Essex
- Award for Essex Journal
- Accuracy of OS Surveyors' Map
- European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH)
- Events in Essex
- Obituary: Jean Hewitt 1924-2018
- Gifts to Essex Record Office
- Book Reviews: The Parish Atlas of England - An Atlas of English Parish Boundaries 

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Willingale Ring Saved and now On Display

Blackmore Area Local History: Willingale Ring Saved and now On Display: Good news.  Epping Forest District Museum was able to secure the funding to buy the Willingale Ring.  It has just gone on display at Waltham Abbey.

ESAH AGM Saturday 9 June 2018

Members will have received paperwork for the AGM in the latest Newsletter - details of of the Newsletter to be posted shortly.   There will be a book sale at the event.  'Full of Profitable Thinges', new £2 each, plus very last chance for surplus books.