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The history of Sawbridgeworth’s Town-twinning with Moosburg in Germany by David Royle

Sawbridgeworth has another twin town in Germany – Moosburg. David Royle has written an article about the history of the town twin and a guide to it.

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The history of Sawbridgeworth’s Town-Twinning with Bry-sur-Marne by David Royle

Have you ever wondered how and why we are involved in town-twinning? David Royle has written an article about our French twin-town with its history and a guide.

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Our first Zoom meeting

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Betty Say – Sawbridgeworth to South Australia via Minnesota.

Our latest article, written by Chris Finch, is about the life of a former Sawbridgeworth resident who was adopted by a local family, met her future husband, an American serviceman, during the Second World War. She moved to the USA after the war and later went to live in Australia near to her sister. She… Read More »

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The London Road Fire – 1st February 1905

Our latest article is about the fire on the corner of London Road and Hoestock Road in 1905. It was reported nationally in the Daily Mirror.

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Sawbridgeworth’s connection to the slave trade

The Black Lives Matter movement is raising awareness of the injustices done to black people because of the colour of their skin. Here in Sawbridgeworth there is evidence of the historical injustice that is the basis for present day racism. Four generations of families connected to the Manor of Pishiobury were slave owners or profited from… Read More »

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Beale Blackwell Colvin – Resident and short time owner of Pishiobury House

Although Colvin did not live in Sawbridgeworth very long he had an interesting life and worth reading about.

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Editorial policy

Those who wish to offer an article for publication on the site must follow the attached editorial policy.

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High Wych allotments

This article is about the history of the allotments at High Wych. The Local History Society is looking to produce a booklet on the allotments in Sawbridgeworth and the article begins with a request for experiences now and in the past from local allotment holders.

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Francis and Fanny Ede

Two ‘forgotten’ owners of Pishiobury House, Sawbridgeworth

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Pishiobury School – the school for “naughty boys”

Later to become offices and flats.

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The Museum of the Great War, Meaux, France

This article is about the visit of the Sawbridgeworth Town Twinning Association in September 2018.

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Sweet rationing in World War Two

This is an article compiled by David Royle in connection with the VE Day celebrations.

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Camp High Wych – a home for the homeless on the old airfield

People were living in the old airfield buildings until the late 1950s. This is their story.

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Sawbridgeworth cinema – now the Roman Catholic church

Many people will remember this building before it closed in 1953.

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Francis Buxton – former owner of Pishiobury House and President of Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club

Former owner of Pishiobury House and President of Sawbridgeworth Cricket Club.

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William Truswell – the man who “captured” Sawbridgeworth

This is an article about a photographer who had a business in Sawbridgeworth. He took many photographs of the local area, many of which were turned into postcards.

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A message from Liz Waugh

Hope you are well and finding ways to survive this strange and silent time. The proposal below is meant to act as another way to enjoy thinking about good times and find a way to be positive. Please contribute if it would please you. We are slowly gathering material for a book on Allotments in… Read More »

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John Wright’s Railway Memories

John Wright and his Sawbridgeworth Fire Brigade website.

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More articles to read

The motto of our society is to research collect record and preserve. In the course of doing this we publish articles. These articles can be read on the articles as PDF page on this website.

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Sawbridgeworth and its Church

An article by this name was written by Herbert C Andrews in 1929. It was found a few years ago in a cabinet at Sawbridgeworth library. It gives some extremely interesting information about the early history of Great St. Mary’s Church Sawbridgeworth. Apparently unpublished until now ( so we are told ) we are happy… Read More »

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The Leventhorpes

Hello again, Sheila Passfield, a churchwarden at Great St. Mary’s and an ex-pupil at Leventhorpe’s school recently wrote a nice little article about the Leventhorpe family and its relations with Sawbridgeworth. You can find it on our articles as PDF page but also by clicking directly at the below link: The Leventhorpe family of Sawbridgeworth… Read More »

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Charles ‘Charley’ Dedman – WW1 soldier

Charley Dedman was born in Sawbridgeworth in 1887 and was working in Leicestershire where he signed up for the Leicestershire regiment. He was one of the first 50 civilian volunteers to go to France. Sadly he was killed by a German bullet in the head in 1916 and was buried near Guillemont in the Somme.… Read More »

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Our next talk

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