Local History 1
LOCAL HISTORY GROUP ONE
4th Wednesday, Monthly, 2.15pm
Co-ordinator Brian Barker (see U3A programme for contact details)
Venue: United Reformed Church Hall, Gt Baddow (except for visits in summer.)
Learning the history of Essex; visiting venues of interest.
Winter meetings comprise informal talks by invited speakers on varying subjects with an historical Essex background. In summer we visit houses, towns and villages, musuems etc learning their local history from knowledgeable guides.
New members always welcome.
PROGRAMME WINTER 2019-20
Entry £2.50 (this may vary) (including tea and biscuits – please join us in the small hall)
25 September Suffer the Little Children Dr Jane Pearson
Dr Pearson’s talks are about Essex in the 18th and 19th centuries with local connections where this is possible. This afternoon her talk is a study of children who had a poor start in life (foundlings, orphans, children of unmarried mothers or born in poverty ….).
23 October Prittlewell Bob Dalgano
Following his previous talks to us on Southchurch, Old Leigh and the Shoebury Garrison, Bob will investigate the history of Prittlewell. This area pre-dates what we know as Southend-on-Sea which took its name as being the south end of the parish and is shown as such in Chapman & Andre’s 1777 map. Prittlewell Priory dates back to the 13th century and became Southend’s museum in 1922.
27 November The Only Way is Essex (Part Two) Michael Bardell
Not the TV programme but a follow up on his previous talk to us on extra-ordinary things about the County, things strange and unusual. He has some fascinating stories to tell us and I am sure we will enjoy a second helping. As it is the last meeting before Christmas, we will conclude with mince pies.
25 December No meeting. Enjoy your Christmas day.
22 January Women who Rocked the Boat Alan Pamphilon
Following his very popular talks (and our walkabout in August) about Chelmsford High Street, Alan has kindly agreed to come to us to ’walk in the footsteps’ of Essex women who rocked the boat. Local women who fought for equality and their rights. Discover the history of the Essex Girls from the 15th century witches to the publicans of the 1960’s. From Anne Knight to the factory workers of WW2. A journey back in time.
26 February Joseph Strutt Ken Edwards
Joseph Strutt (1749-1802) was an English engraver, artist, antiquary and writer born at Springfield Mill. He was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School and at the age of fourteen was apprenticed to the engraver William Wynne Ryland. Married to Elizabeth, his father-in-law was the miller at Woodham Walter. Said to be a ‘neglected figure’.
25 March Birth of the Ordnance Survey in Essex Tom King
Following publication in the local Press of his article on Chapman and Andre’s 1777 map, Tom has kindly agreed to come and talk to us about the birth of the Ordnance Survey in Essex. His article was entitled ‘How Essex was the starting point in first mapping of UK’. The first accurate modern map of any part of England led to the Duke of Richmond’s Survey, eventually to be known as the Ordnance Survey.
22 April Local Artic Explorers Robert Rose
Captain Lawrence ‘Titus’ Oates and two of his colleagues on the South Polar expedition on which he died were Essex men. They are commemorated at the Braintree museum and Robert will give us their story.