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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Transactions Contents: 'Series 3' Volume 4

Essex Archaeology and History: Volume 4 (1972)
Transactions of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History
(150 pages)

Contents:
The Romano-British Settlement at Chelmsford, Essex: Caesaromagos. Preliminary Report:  P J Drury
Monastic Grange and outer close excavations, Waltham Abbey, 1970-72:  P J Huggins
Changes in population of Essex 1066-86:  R Welldon Finn
The Plague in Colchester 1579-1666:  I G Doolittle   (view online: http://cat.essex.ac.uk/reports/EAS-report-0010.pdf )
Archaeological Notes: nemus de Eduluesnasa in 1127:  Peter B Boyton

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Transactions Contents: 'Series 3' Volume 3

Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society: Volume 3,  Part 1 (1971)
(130 pages)
Note:  Series 3, Volume 3 was only issued as one part.

Contents:
Excavations in Colchester, 1964-68:  B R K Dunnett, B.A. with contributions by Philip Crummy, M.A., and Max Hebditch

Introduction
The Telephone Exchange Site
East Stockwell Street
44 North Hill
Balkerne Gardens
St Peter’s Close
St Mary’s Rectory
Firs Car Park, Denmark Street
5 Queen Street
The Victoria Inn, North Station Road
Gosbecks Theatre Site – Preliminary Report
Sainsbury’s Site, Culver Street
Locke’s Site, Queen Street / Long Wyre Street
Appendix A – Pre-Flavian Samian Stamps
Appendix B – Flavian / Trajanic Samian Stamps;  Trajanic coins;  late 1st century Coarse Pottery
Insula 30:   Philip Crummy, M.A.
The Temple Precinct:  Max Hebditch


Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Transactions Contents: 'Series 3' Volume 2, Part 3

Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society: Volume 2, Part 3 (1970)
(pages 164-342)
Note:  Series 3, Volume 2 was issued in three parts.

Contents:
Some Chingford Field Names:  Arthur Britton
The Affair of Colonel Long:  relations between Parliament, the Lord General and the County of Essex in 1643:  Clive Holmes
Waltham Abbey:
Monastic site and Prehistoric evidence: 1953-67:   P J Huggins
Documentary Survey and Discussion of Architectural Features:  K M Bascombe
Pottery and floor tiles:   Rhona M Huggins
The Counties and the Rebels: Essex and a crisis in English society (1400):  Anthony Goodman
Colchester Goal Delivery, 1392 and 1457.   F G Emmison, M.B.E., F.S.A., F.R.Hist.S., & K C Newton, M.A., F.R.Hist.S.
Some original documents in the Morant MSS:  K C Newton, M.A., F.R.Hist.S.
Richard of Belemis and the foundation of St Osyth’s:  Denis Bethell
Archaeological Notes:
South Benfleet: Roman remains found
Canvey Island: Red Hill found, also Roman pottery
Mountnessing: Roman grave group found
Wickford: Third Interim Report:   Warwick J Rodwell
Wickford: Fourth Interim Report:   Warwick Rodwell
Chelmsford: trial excavation on Inner Relief Road course:  Warwick J Rodwell
Chelmsford: excavations on Midland Bank site:  P J Drury
Ingatestone: excavations of Romano-British site at Mill Green:  P J Drury
Ingatestone: excavation of medieval pottery:  Elizabeth Sellers
Ingatestone:  bricks and tiles from medieval kiln site:  Elizabeth Sellers
Paglesham: Neolithic axe-head and medieval pottery found:  Warwick J Rodwell
Orsett: Roman fort at,:  Warwick J Rodwell
Radwinter: Greek coin found and Belgic sherds:  Bari Hooper
Rawreth: Interim Report of excavation:  P J Drury
Vange Hill: Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Early Iron Age finds:  P J Drury
Book Review
In Memoriam: Gerald Owen Rickword


Transactions Contents: 'Series 3' Volume 2, Part 2

Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society: Volume 2, Part 2 (1968)
(pages 101-163)
Note:  Series 3, Volume 2 was issued in three parts.

Contents:
Hastings of Little Easton (concluded):  J A Clarence-Smith
The Rebuilding of Thorpe Hall, Thorpe Vicarage and Kirby Vicarage, 1822-1828:  E A Wood, M.D.
First Century Colchester in the light of recent research:  B R K Dunnett, B.A.
The Election for Knights of the Shire for Essex in the Spring, 1640:   John K Gruenfelder
Notes on the translation of the Reeve’s Account of the Manor of Burnham, 14-25 Richard II:  Jill Quaife
Archaeological Notes:
Further finds on Canvey Island:  Warwick J Rodwell, F.S.A. (Scot.)
Second Interim Report of Wickford Excavations:  Warwick J Rodwell, F.S.A. (Scot.)
Excavations at Great Easton in 1966:  John E Sellers & Elizabeth E Sellers
The Mucking, Thurrock, Essex Crop-mark Sites:  M U Jones
In Memoriam:  P H Reaney, M.A., Ph.D., Litt.D., F.R.Hist.S., F.S.A.


Transactions Contents: 'Series 3' Volume 2, Part 1

Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society: Volume 2, Part 1 (1966)
(pages  1-100)
Note:  Series 3, Volume 2 was issued in three parts..

Contents:
Hastings of Little Easton (part 1):  J A Clarence Smith
The Excavation of a ‘Red Hill’ on Canvey Island:  J Warwick Rodwell, F.S.A. (Scot.)
Parish Church Dedications in Essex:  William Addison, J.P., F.S.A., F.R.Hist.S.
Roman occupation at Shopfield, Little Waltham:  R Bazett & S Chapman, M.A.
Sir Thomas Barrington and the Puritan revolution:  W L F Nuttall, D.F.C., Ph.D., M.A.
Excavation of a Romano-British site at South Ockendon:  R E Chaplin & R T Brooks
Archaeological Notes:
Wickford Excavations.  Interim Report:  Warwick J Rodwell, F.S.A. (Scot.)
Notes on sites in the Wickford area:  Wickford & District Archaeological Society
Excavations at Great Easton. Second Interim Report:  John & Elizabeth E Sellers
Excavations at High Easter:  Elizabeth E Sellers


Monday, 28 January 2013

Transactions Contents: 'Series 3' Volume 1, Part 4

Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society: Volume 1, Part 4 (1965)
(pages 231-266)
Note:  Series 3, Volume 1 was issued in four parts.

Contents:
Brook House Farm, Chigwell:  W S Phillips
The Manors of Tolleshunta:   H Malcolm Carter
Interim Report on the distribution of the Puddingstone Quern:  E A Rudge, M.A., Ph.D.
Early Essex Clergy:  P H Reaney, Litt.D., Ph.D., F.S.A.
The rise and fall of the Adam Church at Mistley:  John Morley, M.A.
Archaeological Notes:
Roman building at St Osyth:  Bryan P Blake
Archbishop Harsnett: His surname and its origins:  P H Reaney, Litt.D., Ph.D., F.S.A.
Iron Age site at Ardleigh:  Bryan P Blake
An Early Medieval Grave Slab found at Wix Abbey:  Lawrence Butler
The Broomfield Dragon:  B M Kettle
Excavations at Great Easton:  John E Sellars
Roman Pottery found at Canvey Island:  Warwick J Rodwell
13th Century Pottery found at Stisted:  E E S


Transactions Contents: 'Series 3' Volume 1, Part 3

Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society: Volume 1, Part 3 (1964)
(pages 171-218)
Note:  Series 3, Volume 1 was issued in four parts.

Contents:
A Roman Settlement at Pebmarsh:  J P Smallwood, M.A.
The Essex Fees of the Honour of Richmond:  W R Powell, B.Litt., M.A., F.S.A.
The Essex entries in the Inquisitio Eliensis:  R Weldon Finn, M.A.
Hezekiah Haynes – Cromwell’s Major General for the Eastern Counties:  W L F Nuttall, D.F.C., Ph.D., M.A.
The turbulent Vicar of Writtle:  A D Carr, B.A.
Archaeological Notes:
Excavations at Bradwell Lodge, 1962
Retirement of Mr M R Hull, M.A., F.S.A., F.M.A.
Appointment of new Curator to Colchester and Essex Museum
Appointment of Miss Susan Davis to Guildhall Museum, London
Romano-British Finds at Little Waltham
Bee Hive Quern found at Little Waltham
Thetford and St Neots ware found at Little Waltham
Romano-British burial group found at Chelmsford
Brass of Robert Barfoot, at Lambourne – palimpsests described
Book Review


Transactions Contents: 'Series 3' Volume 1, Part 2

Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society: Volume 1, Part 2 (1962)
(pages 57-170)
Note:  Series 3, Volume 1 was issued in four parts.

Contents:
Settlements of the Iron Age and Pagan Saxon Periods at Linford, Essex:  K L Barton
Stone Coffin found at Wix Abbey:  Bryan P Blake
Little Waltham Church Goods, c.1400:  Brian C Smith, M.A.
An account of Wallwood, Leytonstone:  Frederick Temple
Excavation of an Iron Age and Roman site at Chadwell St Mary, Essex:  W H Manning
Excavation of the Battle Ditches, Saffron Walden, 1959:  Alison Ravetz, M.A. & Gillian Spencer, M.A.
Robert, Second Earl of Warwick and the payment of Ship-money in Essex:  Violet A Rowe
Archaeological Notes:
John Hunton, Quaker:   F Temple
Richard Hutchinson Chocolate Pot:  L E Dansie, J.P., F.S.A.
Notes on the Romano-British Archaeology of Chelmsford and District:  E E Barritt & B M Kettle
Roman Finds at Rainham:  J G O’Leary, F.S.A., F.L.A.
Fanshawe Manuscripts:  J G O'Leary, F.S.A., F.L.A.
Opening of Museums at Great Bardfield, Canvey Island and Braintree:  L H Gant
Book Review


Transactions Contents: 'Series 3' Volume 1, Part 1

Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society: Volume 1, Part 1 (1961)
(pages 1-56)
Note:  Series 3, Volume 1 was issued in four parts.

Contents:
Foreword by the President of the Society, Major J G S Brinson, F.S.A., F.A.M.S.
Excavations in Lewis’s Gardens, Colchester, 1955 and 1958:   Miss K M Richardson, M.A., F.S.A.
Blunt’s Hall, Witham:  D H Trump, M.A., Ph.D.
Medieval and Later Pottery from Stockwell Street, Colchester:  Bryan P Blake, J G Hurst & L H Gant


Sunday, 27 January 2013

ESAH Sunday Series: Travel


From Revd. EHL Reeve's Commonplace Book of 1881.

Travel
Abraham Reeve of Hadleigh, Suffolk

He was a man “hard as iron”, as no doubt also “as true as steel”.  In the coldest weather he would crack on to his sides, and call it “wholly warm” while meaner specimens of humanity were nearly dead with the cold (e.g. returning from Bury [St Edmunds] one day with his son Edward, with icicles hanging from his wig).  His power of endurance was unbounded, and he is said to have been capable of undergoing any amount of fatigue.

On one occasion he took his two sons to London, and spurning the coach the trio rode up together – a journey of about 60 miles – ponies having been obtainable for the purpose suitable to the boys.  After a hard days riding it would not be a matter of surprise in this degenerate age if such mere boys as they were at the time should feel slightly sleepy and overcome in the evening, especially if seated after a comfortable dinner in a crowded theatre.

Market Day

In the old days when Abraham Reeve took his celebrated rides into market there were no banks in the country, and no cheques wherewith to pay off large sums in a convenient form.  Once a week therefore or at longer intervals Abraham had to take pocketsful of hard cash over with him – and (shall I say more often?) bring hard cash back.  Such was the weight, jolting upon his as he rode, would make him stiff and sore at the end of the day.

Fast horse

Let not the fame of George Tompson of Yarmouth sink into oblivion, whose favourite mare, according to the account given by himself to the Rector of Raydon [Revd. Thomas Reeve], could trot 16 miles within the hour.

Destination mistaken

Capt. Reeve once took his seat in a coach in a London yard in order to go to Leamington in Warwickshire.  He shortly found himself journeying towards Lymington in Hampshire.  The coaches started from the same yard, and he had embarked upon the wrong.  However, he was pleased with the day, the scenery was delightful, and it is said that he was induced to take a house in Lymington for the summer months.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Colchester Museum: Connections (4)


Part 4

Eric Rudsdale (1910 – 1951) grew up in Colchester becoming interested in archaeology as a youngster.  He was Assistant Curator at the Museum from 1928 to 1945, before moving to a similar post in Wisbech.  He kept a diary throughout his lifetime, hoping to emulate Pepys, which is now – for the Second World War – being published online (see http://wwar2homefront.blogspot.co.uk/  ).  (His journals are preserved at the Essex Record Office – and are an extremely interesting insight to archaeology in Colchester from the 1920s.)  Extracts from his online diaries tell of his membership and, in rather blunt terms (“which might today be considered offensive”), what he thought of the members of the Essex Archaeological Society.  (http://wwar2homefront.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=essex+archaeological+society&max-results=20&by-date=true  ).  In the extracts he speaks of the sale by auction of Dr Laver’s book collection (and at the time of publication of this item the sale 70 years ago was imminent).

He mentions P G Laver (who died in 1941) in his article in the Essex Review.  It seems he was a close friend of the Lavers – both Henry and Philip, being inspired as a schoolboy to help “Captain [Henry] Laver” measure up the Lexden Tumulus in 1924. 

The Essex Archaeological Society continued to have representatives on the Museum Committee until 1974.  Local government reorganisation – which Alec Clifton Taylor lamented and ignored in his writing – removed the right of non-elected officials to be represented.  In 1986 Colchester Borough Council removed the right of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History to sit on the Museum Committee.  The Society commented that this was “a tear” having no legal recourse of appeal.

Friday, 25 January 2013

ESAH Forum: 1940s Dance

My name is Dominic Forbes. I am the vice chairman of Radio Forest, the charity community radio station for St Margaret's Hospital in Epping, The Derwent Centre in Harlow and Brentwood and Saffron Walden community hospitals. We are a registered charity with the aim of providing entertainment to these establishments. 


We raise all the funds ourselves in order to keep these vital services running. The next fund raising evening we are organising will be a 1940's dance.
The 1940's Dance is part of our celebrations for Forest Gold's 10th Birthday.
It will take place on Saturday 9th February at 19.40, Epping Catholic Church Hall, Church Hill, Epping CM16 4RA

Dancing to the music of the 1940's and singer Annie Andrews.
Plus a "Ration Book Buffet" and licensed bar.

Tickets £10 available now by emailing studio@radioforest.co.uk or just call 01992 577646
If any of your members want to attend, it will be a pleasure to welcome you. Already there are members of World War Two re-enactment groups attending in full uniform.I think you'll get a real sense of the history and a genuine feeling of the respect these people feel for the war veterans.
Many thanks for your time. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Dominic Forbes - Radio Forest Vice - Chairman

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Transactions Indexes to 'Old' Series & 'New' Series

The Essex Society for Archaeology and History has now published online for the first time the Contents list of its entire output of Transactions since the early days of the Essex Archaeological Society in the mid-Victorian era. The 'Old Series' and 'New Series' (Series 2) have been published on this blog, with Series 3 and Series 4 (to date) on the webpage of our Online Bookshop. 

Before embarking on the Contents List of Series 3 & 4 on this blog, mention should be made of Indexes which are available in hard copy from from our Online Bookshop.

Separate booklets are available as follows:
Old Series Volumes 1 to 5 to New Series Volumes 1 to 5
New Series Volumes 6 to 15
New Series Volume 16
New Series Volume 17
New Series Volume 18
New Series Volume 19
New Series Volume 20
New Series Volume 21
New Series Volume 22
New Series Volume 23
New Series Volume 24
New Series Volume 25 

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Colchester Museum: Connections (3)


Part 3

Eric Rudsdale wrote a series of articles for the Essex Review (Vol LVI Nos 221-224, 1947) commemorating the centenary of the Colchester Museum (1846-1946).  Concluded …

In 1926 a new agreement was reached between the Corporation and the Society.  “For some time it had been felt that the system of keeping distinct the separate collections … was out of date and inconvenient, and after a joint meeting of the Museum Committee and the Council of the Society it was agreed … to amalgamate the two under the title of the Colchester and Essex Museum (EAS Vol xviii, 137).  Only the Society’s Library and manuscripts were excluded from the amalgamation.”

In 1929, Holly Trees House, adjacent to the Castle, the home of the late Mr Charles Gray, which had been given to the Corporation in 1920 by Viscount Cowdray, was opened for the purpose of a “Museum of Later Antiquities, and as offices and Library of the Society”. (The Essex Society for Archaeology and History moved the Library to the University of Essex in 2000, but still has an office on site.)  “There were store-rooms and a workshop in the basement.”

The Museum also took an interest in field-work: “in the Holly Trees Field from 1927-29, and at Sheepen Farm from 1931-39”.  Major works were necessary to the Castle in the mid-1930s: the foundations needed to be secured and structure re-roofed.  The outbreak of the Second World War meant that glassware has to be removed from the cases, wrapped and stored under sandbags on the ground floor of the building.  Despite the war acquisitions continued to arrive: “the timber framing of a fifteenth century hall, formerly standing in Culver Street, was re-erected in the Castle”.  Staff at the Museum also attended the bomb damaged Little Horkesley Church to rescue its monumental brasses and wooden effigies. 

Dr Philip Laver died in 1941.  “For many years after his retirement from practice in 1926 he was almost a daily visitor to the Museum and to the Essex Archaeological Society’s Library in the Holly Trees, to which he was such a generous donor. After a few hours working in the Library he would go downstairs to the workshop in the basement, and there sit in an old armchair, talking about new discoveries, or the chances of preserving some ancient house which the Town Council were anxious to destroy.”

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Transactions Contents: 'New Series' Volume 25

Transactions ‘New Series’. Volume 25

Contents
Volume XXV, Part I
I.                    Centenary Service at All Saints’ Church, Colchester, 14 December 1952
II.                  Some Notes on Roman Art at Colchester.  By Prof. J M C Toynbee, M.A., D.Phil., F.B.A., F.S.A.
III.                The South Wing of the Roman ‘Forum’ at Colchester: Recent Discoveries.  By M R Hull, M.A., F.S.A.
IV.                The Saxon Burials at Gerpins Farm, Rainham.  By John G O’Leary
V.                  Part of the Kalendar of a Thirteenth-Century Service Book once in the Church of Writtle.  By the late Francis C Eeles, O.B.E., D.Litt., L.L.D., F.S.A. Scot.
VI.                The Bouchier Shield in Halstead Church.  By the Rev T D S Bayley, M.A., F.S.A.
VII.              Wall-paintings in Essex Churches. IX: A Wall-painting recently discovered in Lambourne Church.  By E Clive Rouse, M.B.E., F.S.A..   Essex Wall-paintings of St Christopher.  By the Rev G M Benton, M.A., F.S.A.

Archaeological Notes:
An additional note on the brass at Saffron Walden.  By Rev G M Benton
British stater found ta Shoebury.  By W A Voss
A Saxon land-owner of Essex birth.  By P H Reaney
John Ball in Essex.  By A C Wood
Dangewell Hall in Great Oakley.  By P H Reaney
Wall-paintings in Writtle Church.  By Rev G M Benton
Copto Family of High Easter.  By P H Reaney
The New History of Felsted School.  By F G Emmison
The Geldart Collection of Drawings.  By Rev G M Benton
The Font Cloth in Essex.  By Rev G M Benton

In Memoriam:
William Kahled Stuart King
Sidney Charles Ratcliff, I.S.O., M.A.
Henry William Lewer, F.S.A.

Excursions, 1950-52
Lectures, 1950-52
Annual Meeting, at Town Hall, Colchester, 22 June 1950
Report for 1949
Balance Sheet for 1949
Annual Meeting, at Town Hall, Colchester, 28 December 1951
Report for 1950
Finance Report, 1950
Annual Meeting, at Town Hall, Colchester, 5 June 1952
Report for 1951
Balance Sheet for 1951
New Members
Donations

Volume XXV, Part II

VIII.            The Statues of Saffron Walden Almshouses.  By Francis W Steer, F.S.A.
IX.                Books connected with the De Vere Family and Barking Abbey.  By A J Doyle, M.A., Ph.D.
X.                  The Rebuilding of Coggeshall Church after Damage by Bombing.  By Rev F Norman Brown, M.A.
XI.                The Rookery: A Ringwork in Berden.  By Group-Captain G M Knocker

Archaeological Notes:
Ministry of Works: Chief Correspondent for Essex Seal found at Netteswell.  By Rev Canon J L Fisher
Discoveries at Gosfield Church.  By G J Bragg
The Brasses at St James’ Church, Colchester
Eastwood Church: Discovery of acoustic jar.  By Rev G M Benton
Additions to the Barrington archives.  By Nancy Briggs
Easton Lodge Library Catalogue.  By Francis W Steer
Excavation of a supposed Roman barrow at South Ockendon.  By M W Thompson
Palimpsest brass at Wivenhoe, II.  By Rev G M Benton

Medieval Feast held in the Moot Hall, Colchester, 2 May 1953
Annual General Meeting, at Town Hall, Colchester, 2 May 1953
Report for 1952
Annual General Meeting, at Town Hall, Colchester, 3 June 1954
Report for 1953
Balance Sheet for 1953
Annual General Meeting, at Town Hall, Colchester, 9 June 1955
Report for 1954
New Members
Donations

Volume XXV, Part III

XII.              The St Nicholas Church Site, Colchester.  By M R Hull, M.A., F.S.A.
XIII.            Epping Place.  By J H Holmes, M.A.
XIV.            Excavation of a Bronze Age Barrow at Dedham.  By Bryan F Blake
XV.              Seventeenth-Century Pottery Sites at Harlow.  By E F Newton, M.Sc., & Mrs E Bibbings

In Memoriam: 
Duncan W Clark, F.R.I.B.A., F.S.A.
Gerald Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.

Archaeological Notes:
Richard E Barnes, Harwich Diarist and Writer. By John S Appleby
Recent discoveries in the Thurrock Area.  By D A Wickham
Victoria History of Essex.  By W R Powell
Mammoth remains in Bocking.  By C E Catley
Prittlewell Museum, Southend-on-Sea: Finds, accessions, and fieldwork, 1955-59.  By L Helliwell

Donations

Monday, 21 January 2013

Transactions Contents: 'New Series' Volume 24

Transactions ‘New Series’. Volume 24

Contents
Volume XXIV, Part I

I.                    Manor Farm (formerly Cabborns), Stanford-le-Hope.  By the Rev G M Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
II.                  Survey of the Manor of Woodham Ferrers, 1582.  By F G Emmison, F.S.A., F.R.Hist.S. & F Hull, B.A.
III.                Borley and the Waldergraves in the Sixteenth Century.  By Anthony I Doyle, M.A.
IV.                The Recovery of a Medieval Altar-Slab and an Eighteenth-century Floor-Slab in Borley Church.  By the Rev G M Benton
V.                  A Bronze Statuette of Mercury from Colchester.  By M R Hull, M.A., F.S.A.
VI.                The Essex Associations of Henry Yevele and some of his Contemporaries.  By Francis W Steer, F.R.Hist.S.
VII.              Bristol and Colchester: a Seventeenth Century Relationship.  By F R Rogers, M.A., F.L.A.
VIII.            The Mountjoy Gift to Copford.  By Dorothy A Harrison
IX.                Fourteenth-century Seal of Simon de Blyton, Abbot of Colchester.  By M R Hull
X.                  The Leger Book of St John’s Abbey, Colchester.  By the Rev Canon J L Fisher, M.A., F.S.A.
XI.                White Colne Church.  By the Rev G M Benton
XII.              Some Domestic Wall-Paintings of Essex, Part II.  By the Rev G M Benton

Archaeological Notes:
Neolithic Axe from Elsenham.  By Hubert Collar, A.R.Hist.S.
Coin of Carausius found at Thaxted.  By the Rev G M Benton
Jocelin of Brakelond.  By the Rev Canon J L Fisher
The Marshalcy of the Admiralty for Essex in 1438.  By Geoffrey H Martin, B.A.
MSS. sent from Colchester to London for Illumination, A.D.1483.   By the Rev G M Benton
Ingleby’s Manor, Chadwell.  By (the late) H C Andrews, M.A., F.S.A.
The Recovery of a lost brass at Saffron Walden.  By the Rev G M Benton, G H S Bushnell, M.A., Ph.D., F.S.A., & G A E Ruck, M.A., F.S.A.
A Carved Beam at Thaxted, c.1500.  by Francis W Steer
Recovery of a Monumental Brass at Tollesbury.  By the Rev G M Benton
Barnes of Malgraves.  By L Dow
An Elizabethan School Book.  By the Rev R R Lewis, M.A.
Arms of Coys and Warren.  By Charles Evans, M.A.
Essex Painter-stainers.  By Margaret M Emmison, M.A.
Sir Christopher Wren and Burnham.  By the Rev G M Benton
Parish Book of St Mary’s Colchester.  By G O Rickword
Oak Effigy, Little Horkesley Church.  By the Rev G M Benton

In Memoriam:
Sir William Gurney Benham, F.S.A., F.R.Hist.S.
Canon Thomas Higham Curling, M.A.
Edward Percival Dickin, M.D., F.S.A.
Frederick Wykeham Chancellor, M.A., F.R.I.B.A.
Canon Francis William Galpin, D.Litt., F.L.S.

Publications
Annual General Meeting, at Town Hall, Colchester, 31 October 1944
Report for 1943
Balance Sheet for 1943
Annual General Meeting, at Town Hall, Colchester, 24 July 1945
Report for 1944
Excursions: 1945 & 1946
Annual General Meeting, at Town Hall, Colchester, 16 October 1946
Report for 1945
Balance Sheet for 1945
Excursions 1947
Annual General Meeting, at Town Hall, Colchester, 25 October 1947
Report for 1946
Annual General Meeting, at County Hall, Chelmsford, 23 June 1948
Report for 1947
Balance Sheet for 1947
Excursions: 1948 & 1949
Annual General Meeting, at Town Hall, Colchester, 6 October 1949
Report for 1948
Balance Sheet for 1948
New Members
Donations to the Society


Sunday, 20 January 2013

ESAH Sunday Series: Church stories


A further selection of stories about Church in days gone by.

Announcements in Church

In old times all notices which we now read for ourselves on our Church doors were read to the congregation in Church by the parish Clerk, and many curious mistakes would be made from time to time.  On one occasion the Clerk read of a “rat, mad and singed by the inhabitants”, instead of a “rate, made and signed”.

Another Clerk gave out that there would be no service that afternoon as the minister was going ‘fishing’ in another parish.  (This of course should have read “officiating”. Ed.).

Singing in Church

The story used to be told of the Revd. Arthur Job Wallace [brother of Revd. Tom Wallace] of Braxted [Essex] that on one occasion he was more than usually disgusted with the vocal efforts of his congregation at the first hymn of an evening service at his Church, and that, when the Clerk got up to give out the second hymn according to custom, he met the invitation to harmony with this abrupt dismissal of it: “No, let us pray”.

Hadleigh Church Choir

The organist of Hadleigh [Suffolk] – and a capital musician – when asked of the family how his choir was progressing, replied with a sigh, “Some are beginning to sound A, and some are beginning to grumble B”.

The Week Ahead

Dr [Job] Wallace [D.D., Rector of Messing] seems to have been the pattern of a country gentleman of his day.  After the manner of those times [Dr Wallace died in 1793], his churchwarden would meet him immediately after Divine Service on Sunday to arrange where and at what hours the harriers should meet during the week.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Transactions Contents: 'New Series' Volume 23

Transactions ‘New Series’. Volume 23

Contents
Volume XXIII, Part I

I.                    Some Domestic Wall-Paintings of Essex.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
II.                  The Essex Properties of the Nunnery of St Mary Clerkenwell.  By W O Hassell, M.A., F.S.A.
III.                The Army at Tilbury, 1588.  By E P Dickin, M.D., F.S.A.
IV.                The Pascall Family of Great Baddow and Springfield, Essex.  By H C Andrews, M.A., F.S.A.
V.                  The Petre Documents.  By the Rev J L Fisher, M.A.
VI.                Great Hallingbury Churchwardens’ Accounts, 1526 to 1634.  By the Rev J F Williams, M.A., F.S.A.
VII.              The Destruction of Little Horkesley Church, and the Discovery of Palimpsest Brass.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
VIII.            King James II’s Proposed Repeal of the Penal Laws and Test Act in 1688: His Questions to the Magistrates of Essex, with their Answers thereto.  By the Rev A L Browne, M.A.
IX.                A Survey of Chelmsford, 1591.  By F G Emmison, F.R.Hist.S.
X.                  The Coke and Wilde Brass, 1606, at Great Totham.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
XI.                Visitations held in the Archdeaconry of Colchester in 1683.  By the Rev W J Pressey, M.A., F.S.A.

Archaeological Notes:
Colne Priory
The Gernon Family
The Canning Family.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
Hospital for Lepers at Chelmsford.  By the Rev J L Fisher, M.A.
Discovery of Brass to Walter Gayselee, c.1370, at Ingrave.  By the Rev R R Lewis, M.A., C.F., & D J Cockell
Great Bromley Wills.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
Commissioners of Sewers Records.  By F G Emmison, F.R.Hist.S.
A footnote to Dedham history.  By G O Rickword
Paving-bricks.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
Essex Clothworkers, 1636-7.  Miss T M Hope
Blackmore Priory.  By the Rev J L Fisher, M.A.
Manor of East Hall in East Mersea.  By L C Sier
Essex Record Office Accessions, 1938-39.  By F G Emmison, F.R.Hist.S.
Portrait of the Rev E L Cutts

In Memoriam: Frederick Joseph Brand
In Memoriam: The Rev William Bede White, M.A.
In Memoriam: Philip Guyon Laver, F.S.A.
Publications
Winter Meetings at Chelmsford and Colchester, 1939
Annual General Meeting of the Essex Archaeological Society, at the Town Hall, Colchester, on Thursday, 11 May, 1939
Report for 1938
Balance Sheet for 1938
Quarterly Meetings and Excursions, 1939
Annual General Meeting of the Essex Archaeological Society, at the Society’s Library, Colchester, on Wednesday, 20 November, 1940
Report for 1939
Balance Sheet for 1939
New Members
Donations

Volume XIII, Part II

XII.              Three Military Coffin-slabs in Essex: with Notes on similar Knight-Effigies.  By Alfred Hills, M.A., F.S.A.
XIII.            The Probert Documents.  By the Rev J L Fisher, M.A., F.S.A.
XIV.            Henry Parker, Lord Morley, 1476-1556.  By the Rev Canon D B Barclay, M.A.
XV.              The Household Expenses of Sir John Barrington (1645-1667).  By the Rev Canon F W Galpin, Litt.D., F.L.S.
XVI.            More Manuscripts from Essex Monastic Libraries: with Notes on Manuscripts connected with Essex Parish Churches.  By Neil R Ker, B.Litt., M.A.
XVII.          The Rebuilding of the Church of St Mary-at-the-Walls, Colchester, 1713-14.  By Gerald O Rickword
XVIII.        The Chantry of St Petronilla at Harlow.  By the Rev J L Fisher, M.A., F.S.A.
XIX.            Wall-paintings in Essex Churches. VIII: Post-Reformation Inscriptions: the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and Sentences of Scripture.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.

Archaeological Notes
Walter Gayselee, priest, ob. c.1370.   By the Rev J L Fisher, M.A., F.S.A.
Gift to Colchester Corporation.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.  (view online: http://cat.essex.ac.uk/reports/EAS-report-0072.pdf )
Find of Roman Pottery on Latton Common.  By the Rev J L Fisher, M.A., F.S.A.
Henry Yevele, King’s Master Mason.  By John H Harvey
Will of William More, Bishop of Colchester, 1540.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, F.R.Hist.S.
Official Seal of Henry Smyth, Sheriff of Essex, 1633.  By F G Emmison, F.R.Hist.S.
An Early Forest Plea.  By the Rev J L Fisher, M.A., F.L.S.
Discoveries in Cottages at Henham.  By Miss Joyce M Winmill
Lead Ventilating Quarry from Witham.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
Essex Record Office Accessions, 1940-42.  By F G Emmison, F.R.Hist.S.

In Memoriam: The Rev William James Pressey, M.A., F.S.A.
Publications
A Perambulation of the Dutch Quarter of Colchester, 21 August, 1941
Annual General Meeting of the Essex Archaeological Society, at the Town Hall, Colchester, on Wednesday, 3 September, 1941
Report for 1940
Balance Sheet for 1940
Annual General Meeting of the Essex Archaeological Society, at the Town Hall, Colchester, on Wednesday, 16 September, 1942
Report for 1941
Note on Balance Sheet for 1941
Annual General Meeting of the Essex Archaeological Society, at the Town Hall, Colchester, on Wednesday, 18 August, 1943
Report for 1942
Balance Sheet for 1942
New Members

Friday, 18 January 2013

ESAH Forum: The People's Songs

'The People's Songs' is a new series being broadcast on Wednesday evenings at 10.00pm on BBC Radio 2. Over the course of 50 programmes Stuart Maconie presents a social history of our nation based on a key song of the last 70 years.  The second programme, first broadcast on 9 January 2013 (and available on I Player for over a year - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01lpm63 ) featured 'Two Tribes: the threat of nuclear war'.  It is a chilling account.

The programme narrative begins with a description of an innocent looking bungalow at Kelvedon Hatch - below which there is hidden a nuclear fall-out shelter for the government of Great Britain to decamp in the event of attack. 

It was never used - thankfully.

Happy Weekend everyone!

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Transactions Contents: 'New Series' Volume 22

Transactions ‘New Series’. Volume 22

Contents
Volume XXII, Part I

I.                    Wall-paintings in Essex Churches.  VI: Wall-paintings in the churches of Little Easton, Hadleigh and Wendons Ambo.  By E W Tristram, D.Litt., and G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
II.                  The Churchwardens’ Accounts of Heybridge.  By the Rev W J Pressey, M.A., F.S.A.
III.                A Wooden Pax at Sandon.  By the Rev J F Williams, M.A., F.S.A.
IV.                Camulodunum: Excavations at Colchester, 1935.  By M R Hull, M.A.
V.                  The Two Birch Halls.  By Miss A D Harrison
VI.                The Monument of the First Lord Rich at Felsted.  By Mrs Arundell Esdaile
VII.              Colchester Hall (Takeley) Charters.  By Miss Janet S A Macauley, B.A., B.Litt., and Miss I M Russell
VIII.            The Audley Chapel in Berechurch Church.  By Kenneth R Mabbitt
IX.                Thurston, son of Wine.  By the Rev J L Fisher, M.A.
X.                  A Family Bible with Embroidered Binding dated 1613.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
XI.                Visitations held in the Archdeaconry of Essex in 1686.  By the Rev W J Pressey, M.A., F.S.A.
XII.              An Early Post-Conquest Doorway and Door found at Elmstead Church.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.

Archaeological Notes:
Essex Monastic Manuscripts.  By P H Reaney, Litt.D., Ph.D.
Earthquake and Inundations at St Osyth.  By Philip Laver, F.S.A.
Sacring Bell formerly at Bocking.  By Alfred Hills, M.A.
The late George Rickword.  By G.O.R.
Perforated Stone Azle-like Axe from Cressing.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
Two Essex Deeds from Oxfordshire.  By P H Reaney, Litt.D., Ph.D.
A Hospital at Chawreth.  By P H Reaney, Litt.D., Ph.D.
Harlow Place-names.  By the Rev J L Fisher, M.A.
Nicholas Disbrowe, of Saffron Walden and Hartford Connecticut, joiner (1613-1683).  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
Roman Stone Coffin discovered at Chadwell Heath.  By S E Lloyd
The Rhyming Will of 1563.  By the Rev J F Williams, M.A., F.S.A.
Miles Graye I, Bell-founder of Colchester.  By L C Sier
Inscriptions on Columns in Rayleigh Church.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
The Ferry at Tilbury.  By Miss M Janet Becker
Rectors of Harlow.  By Rev J L Fisher, M.A., F.S.A.
The Wardstaff of Ongar Hundred.  By P H Reaney, Litt.D., Ph.D.
William Gibbons, of Manningtree.  By Philip Laver, F.S.A.
Wall-painting discovered at Southfields, Dedham.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
A Chapel in Shapens in Great Chishall.  By P H Reaney, Litt.D., Ph.D.
Vineyards, Copford.  By Miss A D Harrison
Vicars of Saffron Walden.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
In Memoriam: The Rev Llewellyn Christopher Watson Bullock, B.A.
Publications
Winter Meetings at Colchester and Chelmsford, 1935
Annual General Meeting of the Essex Archaeological Society, at the Town Hall, Colchester, on Wednesday, 15 May, 1935
Report for 1934
Balance Sheet for 1934
Quarterly Meetings and Excursions, 1935
Winter Meetings at Colchester and Chelmsford, 1936
Annual General Meeting of the Essex Archaeological Society, at the Town Hall, Colchester, on Wednesday, 13 May, 1936
Report for 1935
Balance Sheet for 1935
Quarterly Meetings and Excursions, 1936
New Members
Donations to the Society

Volume XXII, Part II

XIII.            Wall-paintings in Essex Churches. VII: Wall-paintings in Fairstead Church.  By E W Tristram, D.Litt., and G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
XIV.            Court Rolls of the Manor of Ramsden Crays, 1559-1935.  By F G Emmison, F.R.Hist.S
XV.              The Origin of the St Catherine Window of Clavering.  By the Rev Christopher Woodforde, M.A., F.S.A.
XVI.            Robert Radcliffe, Fifth Earl of Sussex: Witchcraft Accusations.  By C L’Estrange Ewen
XVII.          The Harlow Cartulary.  By the Rev J L Fisher, M.A.
XVIII.        The Black Effigies of Layer Marney Re-examined.  By Francis C Eeles, O.B.E., D.Litt.
XIX.            Armour in Essex.  By James G Mann, M.A., B.Litt., F.S.A.
XX.              The Vice-Admiralty of Essex during the Dutch Wars of Charles II.  By Miss T M Hope
XXI.            Romano-British Sites at Finchingfield.  By J G Covernton, M.A., C.I.E.
XXII.          Visitations held in the Archdeaconry of Essex in 1686 (continued).  By the Rev W L Pressey, M.A., F.S.A.
XXIII.        Fifteenth-Century Font-Cover at Fingringhoe.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
XXIV.        Domestic Wall-paintings recently discovered at Dagenham and Thaxted.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.

Archaeological Notes:
Iron Age site at Great Bromley
Excavations at Jaywick Sands
A Painted Font in Great Maplestead Church.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
John Gurdon, vicar of Fingringhoe, c.1422-1434.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
Vineyards, Copford.  By P H Reaney, Litt.D., Ph.D.
Vicars of Saffron Walden (ii).  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
Anker-hold at East Ham Church.  By the Rev Morris O Hodson, M.A.
Theft of Ornaments from Langenhoe Church, c.1480.   By Aubery Goodes
Manor of Battleshall in Manuden.  By H C Andrews, M.A., F.S.A.
Roof-brackets from Harwich Old Church.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
A Recovered Barking Inventory.  By H B Walters, O.B.E., F.S.A.
Holland, Ely and St Pauls.  By P H Reaney, D.Litt, Ph.D.
Discoveries at Braham Hall, Little Bromley.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
Manor of Bernham in Beaumont-cum-Moze.  By H C Andrews, F.S.A.
Reconstruction of Window in Bradwell-juxta-Coggeshall Church, 1389.  By Aubery Goodes
Manor of Copford Hall.  By Miss A D Harrison
Pre-Conquest Carving at Great Canfield Church.  By Fred J Brand
Manor of Fingringhoe.  By the Rev G Montagu Benton, M.A., F.S.A.
Essex Record Office Accessions.  By F G Emmison, F.R.Hist.S.
Discoveries at Hockley Church.  By the Rev M B Morgan, M.A.
In Memoriam: Horace Wilmer, M.Inst.C.E., F.S.A., F.R.P.S.
In Memoriam: Charles Frederick Deene Sperling, M.A., F.S.A.
Publications
Winter Meetings at Colchester and Chelmsford, 1937
Annual General Meeting at the Essex Archaeological Society, at the Town Hall, Colchester, on Wednesday, 28 April, 1937
Report for 1936
Balance Sheet for 1936
Quarterly Meetings and Excursions, 1937
Winter Meeting at Colchester, 1938
Annual General Meeting of the Essex Archaeological Society, at the Town Hall, Colchester, on Thursday, 12 May, 1938
Report for 1937
Balance Sheet for 1937
Quarterly Meetings and Excursions, 1938
New Members
Donations to the Society