Author Archives: Theo van de Bilt

About Theo van de Bilt

Theo is a Dutch expatriate and a retired publishing professional. He has always had an interest in history,. His interest in local history came about through shame: how come I have lived in East Herts for so long and still know so little about it

A new SLHS publication

By | September 27, 2019

  The first Sawbridgeworth Local History Group short booklet:  Sawbridgeworth Town Mill: A Millennium of Milling and Malting by Elizabeth Waugh, edited by David Royle, focuses on a brief but comprehensive history of the Mill area, now known as Burton’s Mill after the name of its last owner. An industrial site continuously developed since the earliest period… Read More »

Another Open Evening

By | May 30, 2019

THURSDAY 30 MAY 2019 HAILEY CENTRE 1900-2100 MARION HILLS (HALS): ‘REMARKABLE WOMEN IN HERTFORDSHIRE’S HISTORY’ Members £2; non-members £5. Membership on the night £10 including entry! For further information please contact Theo van de Bilt theo@vandebilt.co.uk or David Royle david.royle1@gmail.com  

His Majesty”s Motor Launch 146 and The History of the Congregational Church

By | September 11, 2018

Recently two new articles were posted on this site. One of these concerns His Majesty’s Motor Launch 146 which was financed through contributions from the Sawbridgeworth population in the first years of the Second World War. Download the article from our articles as pdf page.  Or click here Likewise there is an article about the… Read More »

Annie Clements and her children

By | September 11, 2018

There is a new article concerning the Clements family and how two young boys travelled from the Bishop’s Stortford Poorhouse all the way to Canada where they built up a new life.    It is reprinted there  by kind permission of the Hertfordshire Family History Society and the editor of “Hertfordshire People” their quarterly journal.  Those… Read More »

The SLHS at the May Fayre

By | May 10, 2018

On Sunday 6 May at the Sawbridgeworth May Fayre we had lots of interest in our stand. People came and looked at our old maps of the town. Who would not be interested to to see what was there before their homes were built and if they live in an old property to try and… Read More »