The latest article on our website is Celebrating Rivers’ Wassail by Elizabeth Waugh. It contains two illustrations and the Rivers’ Wassail song. The Wassail has become an annual event celebrating the fruit trees.
A recent addition to our collection of articles is about Peter Tilbury, a resident of Sawbridgeworth, who took part in Antarctic explorations.
We have a new article on our website about Great Hyde – its history and inhabitants including ghosts and (in the 1980s) rock star Suzi Quatro. Read the full article here.
There is a new article on the website about a local man, Private William Alfred Whybrew, who survived the Great War to return home and start a family. Read the full article here
Did you know that there was a supposed “Horse Racecourse” in West Road? Read our latest article to find out about this. Read the full article here.
Last Friday, 26th October, we held our book launch which was attended by 35 people. We heard about how the book was created from articles already written and new ones researched. Dorrington’s very kindly donated cakes to add to the tea, coffee and prosecco which we enjoyed. Twenty seven books were sold on the night… Read More »
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‘High Wych, Sawbridgeworth and the Great War’
By: Sawbridgeworth Local History Societ
“The March” celebrates the centenary of women getting the vote, with a drama based on the history of suffrage campaigners in East Herts. It is being performed at the Memorial Hall on Thursday 27th September at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12/£10 for the under 18s. For more information visit www.pinsandfeathersproductions.com/the-march.
In October the SLHS will publish High Wych, Sawbridgeworth and the Great War.
As the title indicates the book discusses the ways in which that tragic conflict affected our communities.
The Harlow Photos Facebook page has given us permission to use a photo posted by Jamie Fowler of the Morris and Barclay families in 1936. It shows how fox hunting was a local pastime.
Just now we posted our 21st article on this site, a little piece honouring the memory of Brian Rochester, a Sawbridgeworth man through and through and devoted to the countryside. Read the full article here.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Friends, If you live locally you are perhaps already aware of this story. In short our friends from Hatfield Heath are fighting to save the local old POW Camp from demolition. A planning application has been submitted which would see this historic site demolished to make place for 25 luxury homes. As we are a… Read More »
About 30 people attended Hugh Howes’ talk on the Mills of Hertfordshire last Thursday 29th March. It was very interesting to hear about the number and different types of mill in our county and we learned more about our own Burton’s Mill. Our next evening talk will be on Crime and Punishment in Hertfordshire, given… Read More »
In October last year our still relatively new Sawbridgeworth Local History Society organised its first Evening Meeting. Our speaker was Elizabeth Waugh whose book, Rivers Nursery of Sawbridgeworth: the Art of Practical Pomology, was published in 2009. Elizabeth very kindly wrote an article for this website which can be found by clicking on the following… Read More »
Hello, Once upon a time there was a pub in Sawbridgeworth called the King of Prussia, later on that hostelry changed its name. One of our members, Douglas Coe, is currently trying to write a story about it. The story goes that the King’s Head, as it was then officially called, was closed down in… Read More »
Yes folks, on Thursday 19th October at 7pm the SLHS will hold its first evening meeting. Our speaker will be local author Liz Waugh and her subject will be ‘Rivers Orchard in the context of a rural way of life’ The event will place in the Hailey Centre in Bell Street Sawbridgeworth (next to the… Read More »