Sawbridgeworth remembers the Fallen from WW2

By | August 9, 2019

We are currently gearing up to the eightieth anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. The Sawbridgeworth Local History Society will mark the occasion by holding an event where local witnesses will tell us how they were affected by these event. More about that later. In time for these commemoration Douglas Coe has… Read More »

A visit to HALS in Hertford

By | July 17, 2019

On Monday 15th July some SLHS members paid a visit to HALS, Hertfordshire Archives and Local Services and were given a tour of the premises. We saw some very old documents, one even dating from before the Norman Conquest! We were shown how documents and artefacts are kept under strict climate control. The humidity indicator… 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 or David Royle  

Walter Lawrence – a history – 1

By | June 9, 2019

The name of Walter Lawrence brings back many memories to people in East Hertfordshire. Indeed from 1907 to 1982 a factory with that name stood at the Stort riverside and on the borders of Sawbridgeworth and Sheering. However, the company was started much earlier. It’s founder, let’s call him Walter 1st, was born 22 February… Read More »

Local Books for Local People

By | April 18, 2019

The Sawbridgeworth Local History Society has produced one book, re-reprinted an important classic and was also involved in the reprint of another important local publication. Find out about these below. Or you could go to the link on the right our opening page and perhaps carry on to our book order form. These are the… Read More »

Number 1 Fair Green

By | March 12, 2019

The new owner of 1 Fair Green is interested in finding out about the history of their house. If anyone has any information for them, please would you pass it on. Thank you.

Walter Lawrence

By | February 18, 2019

Our recent post about Walter Lawrence on our Facebook page has prompted several responses and new Likes for the page. So many family memories have been shared that it will take a while for them to be collated into an article and we apologise for that. We would like to encourage as many people as… Read More »

World War Two Oral History Project

By | February 1, 2019

To mark the anniversary of World War 2 we are planning an oral history project involving the people of Sawbridgeworth who were living here at that time and who are willing to share their experiences. We would like to interview and possibly film these people for an event on 3rd September at the Hailey Centre.… Read More »

Robert Jocelyn, 1st Viscount Jocelyn

By | January 19, 2019

We have another article connected to Great Hyde Hall. There is no evidence that Robert Jocelyn lived at the Hall but he is buried at Great St Mary’s church and there is a bust of him above the pulpit.

1st Earl of Roden

By | January 29, 2019

We have added a new article to the site about the 1st Earl of Roden, a member of the Jocelyn family who owned Great Hyde Hall. Read the full article here.