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Friday, 31 May 2013

Mystery Photographs

Can anyone help us identify these pictures found in the archives of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History? 

Unknown photograph #4

Unknown photograph #5

Unknown drawing #6

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Essex's Industrial Archaeology

Flyer for 'Essex's Industrial Archaeology' conference to be held
on Saturday 6 July 2013 at the Essex Record Office.




Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Essex's Industrial Archaeology - a one day conference on 6 July 2013. More information

More information is now available about the Essex Record Office / Essex Society for Archaeology and History conference to be held on Saturday 6 July. 

Since large-scale industrialisation began in the eighteenth century, industrial development has had a huge influence on the way people have lived.  Essex is often overlooked as an industrial county, but industry is a fascinating aspect of the county's past.  This one-day conference will take a look at the industries which sprang up here, and the impact they had on local people's lives, and will also include the launch of a new industrial archaeology sub-group of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History. 


Subjects and speakers will include: 
David Alderton: Why Industrial Archaeology?
Prof. Roy Simons OBE: Marconi, the Father of Wireless
Paul Gilman: title TBC
David Morgans: Beeleigh Steam Mill
George Courtauld: The history of Courtaulds Ltd. In Essex– the first 100 years
Tony Crosby: Industrial housing in Essex

For more information, follow these links:
Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford
Saturday 6 July 2013, 9.30am to 4.00pm
Tickets £15 including buffet lunch and refreshments
Please book in advance by telephoning 01245 244614

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Saffron Walden: TOWN on TV

Nicholas Crane presents TOWN on BBC Two tonight (Tuesday) at 9.00pm.  The subject this week is Saffron Walden in Essex.

Monday, 27 May 2013

ESAH160: Transactions Contents: 'New Series' Volume 15

ESAH160: Transactions Contents: 'New Series' Volume 15: Transactions ‘New Series. Volume 15 No copies available from our Online Bookshop.  Contact us for photocopies or online publication. ...

The Last Days of Bay-making in Colchester. Transactions n.s. Volume 10 Part 1

Henry Laver, a notable member of the Essex Archaeological Society and Colcestrian, collected the memories of those who were involved during the last days of Colchester's renowned cloth trade.









Sunday, 26 May 2013

General Meeting and Excursion held on Thursday 5th June 1919: Transactions n.s. Volume 15 Part 2

This item is typical of the activities of the Essex Archaeological Society, and still recognisable in the visits arranged for members of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History today.  A tour took members to Margaret Roding church, Aythorpe Roding church, New Hall, Cammas Hall, Colville Hall and Rookwood Hall.



Saturday, 25 May 2013

Becket at Colchester: Transactions n.s. Volume 15 Part 2

J H Round wrote about Thomas Becket's connection with Colchester in the Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society in 1919.



Friday, 24 May 2013

Three Unknown Gentlemen - probably former members of the Essex Archaeological Society

We are currently sorting through our archives and have discovered three photographs on gentlemen unknown.  Can any member of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History, or anyone else, identify them?

Unknown gentleman #1

Unknown gentleman #2

Unknown gentleman #3



Thursday, 23 May 2013

Richard III at Witham: Saturday 6 July

I am organising a talk entitled  Richard The Third - A Bloody Tyrant?  by Dr Phil Stone, Chairman of the Richard III Society, which may be of interest to you and the members of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History.
 
It will be at St Nicholas Church, Chipping Hill, Witham on Saturday 6th July at 7.30 pm.
 
I attach full details, and hope that you may be able to come along.
 
Yours sincerely

Christine Newmarch


Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Book Sale in Blackmore

If the weather is fine, there will be a book sale in Blackmore, as it is Village Fayre Weekend, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (25 to 27 May). Surplus books of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History will be available.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Littlebury Church is our next Society Visit

On Saturday 15 June, members of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History will be visiting Littlebury Church, near Saffron Walden.  After the Annual General Meeting (papers to follow) there will be a talk followed by a cream tea.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Harlow Festival. Thursday 23 May to Sunday 30 June 2013

Harlow Festival runs for just over a month beginning this Thursday (23 May).

One of the historical highlights is a free morning of talks to be held on Saturday 25 May at St Paul's Church in the town centre. 

'Festival Morning: Stanley Spencer and John Piper'

"Join us to learn about John Piper (1903-1992) and Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) in this Grade II listed building with its imposing John Piper Emmaus Road mosaic on the east wall. 
"Free refreshments and cake from 10am.

10.30am.  Bishop Steven Cottrell (Bishop of Chelmsford) speaking on Stanley Spencer's paintings. 'Christ in the Wilderness'. He will be signing copies of his book. Spencer was an early modernist painter. 
11.45am. Mark Lewis on John Piper (with the backdrop of the Piper mosaic).  John Piper was a close friend of John Betjeman, was an official war artist during World War II.  He is perhaps most famous for the splendid stained-glass window in Coventry Cathedral. He also designed the windows for Robinson College Cambridge. His skills extended across a wide range of arts. 

12.30pm.  Questions for both speakers.


Sunday, 19 May 2013

Archaeological Notes (1919): Transactions n.s. Volume 15 Part 2

Archaeological Notes are shorter pieces published in the Transactions of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History (in 1919 named the Essex Archaeological Society). These pages cover Wooden Effigies in Little Horkesley Church and Pleshey Castle in 1588-89.




Saturday, 18 May 2013

Pleshey Castle

Pleshey Castle: the topic of today's excursion by the Essex Society for Archaeology and History.  Photographs taken in September 2008 on a previous visit.









Friday, 17 May 2013

Pleshey in 1985

Holy Trinity Church, Pleshey

White Horse, Pleshey (1985)

Former village shop, The Street (1985)

The Street, Pleshey


Photographs on Pleshey taken in August 1985.
The Essex Society for Archaeology and History visit Pleshey Castle 
on 18 May 2013.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Mendham Collection To Go Under The Hammer


Subject: Mendham Collection update


The Law Society of England and Wales is pressing ahead with plans to dismember the Mendham Collection, an important resource (of antiquarian books and some manuscripts) for both Protestant and Catholic history, and which has been on deposit at Canterbury Cathedral Library, and thereby accessible to scholars, since 1984.

Sotheby's have now announced a 'Highlights from the Mendham Collection'
auction, to be held in London at 10 am on 5 June 2013. The sale catalogue is available online. The following overview is on the Sotheby's site:

The Mendham Collection was assembled by the Anglican clergyman Joseph Mendham (1769-1856) and contains mostly fifteenth and sixteenth century books relating to the dawn of the Reformation, particularly relating to England.

There are early Bible printings (including Greek and polyglot versions), rare liturgical texts, the first publications of the Church of England, and a substantial collection of the Catholic Church's notorious Index of Prohibited Books. Also included are some early pilgrim's guides to Rome, the 'Mirabilia Romae' and a group of early sixteenth-century English bindings, one of which (Duranti's 'Rationale') was originally in the library of St Cuthbert's Cathedral Priory, Durham."

The items being sold are presumably drawn from the 300 or so volumes removed from the 5,000 item Collection by Sotheby's last summer with a view to their valuation and subsequent sale (the latter then thought likely some time from November 2012).

The auction is proceeding notwithstanding:

a) A strong public campaign and petition against the sale mounted last summer and co-ordinated by the University of Kent

b) Private interventions with the Law Society by a number of expert groups, including the Religious Archives Group (RAG)

c) Doubts expressed as to whether the Law Society has unfettered legal title to sell the Collection

d) The condition attached to a cataloguing grant awarded to the Collection by the British Library that it should not subsequently be dispersed

Following the public campaign, matters went quiet for some time, during which (it is understood) negotiations took place between the Law Society and the University of Kent to keep the Collection at Canterbury Cathedral Library. These were unsuccessful, as - evidently - has been the more recent attempt by the Society to interest major UK universities in buying the Collection intact.

Confirmation of the impending sale and dispersal of the Mendham Collection is extremely disappointing, representing a serious potential loss to scholarship and to the country's religious patrimony. If it proceeds, it will reflect very badly on the Law Society. Hopefully, there is still time for an eleventh-hour solution which will prevent the break-up of this historic library, which Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch Kt, the distinguished church historian and member of RAG, publicly criticized last August as "an act of vandalism".

Dr Clive D. Field, OBE
 

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Archaeological Notes (1919): Transactions n.s. Volume 15 Part 2

From the 'Archaeological Notes': Notes on The Petres, the discovery of more deneholes at Grays, Round-Naved Churches, and, a Seal found at Radwinter 


Saturday, 11 May 2013

Archaeological Notes (1919): Transactions n.s. Volume 15 Part 2

Archaeological Notes were shorter items and correspondence published in the annual issue of Transactions. Mention is made here of the late Dr Laver, the parish chest in Feering Church and, The Dister Brass in Lavenham Church, Suffolk.





Monday, 6 May 2013

Stondon Massey and Its Chapelry: Transactions n.s. Volume 15 Part 2

A further piece by J H Round Esq., for the Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society (1919).