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

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 »

Ken Griffin’s talk on “Crime and Punishment in Hertfordshire” and Sawbridgeworth almshouses.

By | September 11, 2018

Our talk on 31st May by Ken Griffin on “Crime and Punishment in Hertfordshire” was attended by only 21 people but it caused a very lively discussion. Ken mainly give details of his vast archive of convicts sent abroad, not only to Australia but also to the USA and Gibraltar. The next general meeting will… 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 »