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Halstead & District Local History Society

Halstead, Essex, England. Registered Charity No. 289304

Patron: Adrian Corder-Birch, D. L.,  President: Malcolm Root, FGRA

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1976 -2016


Sharing Our Heritage

Programme of Events

All events take place at 7:30pm in the Baptist Church, Hedingham Road, Halstead unless otherwise stated

Our programme may change at short notice due to circumstances outside our control

January 2018


The Society Annual General Meeting

Our AGM will be followed by the traditional ‘Show & Tell’ where members are invited to bring along an item of local historical interest to share with the audience.

February 2018


Anglican Clerical Characters

A talk by Roy Tricker Roy who spent 20 years teaching R.E. and 11 years with the Churches Conservation Trust. He has written guides to over 200 churches and led many walks exploring the beauty of church architecture.

March 2018


"Weavers, Higglers and Moze Makers"

A talk by Michael Holland based on a document created by a parish overseer in preparation for the 1831 census. It detailed the names, addresses, occupations and employers of all labourers and artisans, resident at that time in Halstead. At the very end of the talk an explanation of the title, especially the higglers and moze makers, is given.

April 2018


John Ray, Braintree’s Father of Natural History

Jenny Rowland a trustee of The John Ray Trust will tell us about the life and achievements of John Ray, probably the most distinguished British natural historian of all time, and his association with the Essex town of Braintree.

May 2018


The History of RAF Wethersfield and how I became the Curator

An illustrated talk by Ross Stewart.

June 2018


Visit to Ridgewell Airfield Museum

11.00am at the airfield. Donations on the day. Tea and coffee available for a small fee.

July 2018


Visit to Great Bardfield

The guided tour will take around 2 hours and will include the Bawden Room, Museum, Cage and Church. Cost £8 per person. 2.00pm. Names and payment by 30th June to John Miners or Malcolm Root.

July 2018


Visit to Easton Park Gardens

2.00pm, £6.50 per person. The visit will last approximately 2 hours and will include a tour and talk about the history and renovation of the Gardens, a chance to look at the memorabilia and photographs in the archives and tea/coffee and home made cake. This is payable in advance, for a minimum of 10 people, and we will need final names no later than 21st June 2018.

September 2018


Servants in Suffolk Country Houses, c1700 to c1900

A talk by Dr. Nick Sign, Vice-Chairman of Suffolk Local History Council, which examines the many different servant roles required to run a large country house, including below-stairs hierarchy, the different duties of male and female servants, methods of recruitment, servants' wages, working conditions and their living accommodation.

October 2018


The Wild West Goes East  

A talk by Phil Lyons on Buffalo Bill's Wild West show tour of East Anglia in 1903 and in particular his  Colchester show.

November 2018


The Vikings

David Austin will introduce us to the real Vikings, not the Hollywood and TV version. He has had a life-long interest in the Vikings, and his researches have taken him to York, Isle of Man, Ireland, Iceland, Norway and Denmark. He has also sailed a couple of replica Viking ships in Denmark!

December 2018


Our president Malcolm Root’s Annual Side Show followed by festive nibbles.