Future Meetings




23rd February

The Victoria Cross


23rd March

Annual General Meeting

27th April

Essex Churches Then and Now

Andrew Smith

25th May

Elizabethan Witches of Essex

Kate Cole

22nd June

The Millbanks

Anne Brooks

27th July

Explorers and Traders ~ Essex Connections

Georgina Green

26th October

Music in the Petre Household in the Sixteenth Century

Lawrence Barker – Archivist ERO

23rd November

Film Show and Christmas Drinks.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

ESAH160: Surplus Book Sale #7. Essex Review

ESAH160: Surplus Book Sale #7. Essex Review: Essex Review (1892-1957) back issues. 30p each + P&P (to be advised on application). The Essex Society for Archaeology and History...

Monday, 23 October 2017

Music in the Petre Household. Thursday 26 October 2017

Thursday 26 October
High Country History Group
meet at Toot Hill Village Hall (near Green Man PH)
Where their speaker will be Lawrence Barker, Essex Record Office
talking about ‘Music in the Petre Household in the 16th century’
This will be of interest to those wanting to learn more about Stondon composer, William Byrd.
Entry for visitors, £3 including refreshments.  

Monday, 2 October 2017

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Car Park Immediately Next to Essex Record Office to Close

ESAH160: Car Park Immediately Next to Essex Record Office t...: Essex Record Office has informed by Chelmsford City Council that it will be closing their Wharf Road surface car park on Saturday 27  May ...

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Essex Churches Then and Now. Thursday 27 April 2017

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 27 April, 8pm, when Andrew Smith, in his role as Honorary Archivist of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History, will be giving a talk drawing on two albums of Victorian church photographs in the Society’s collection: ‘Essex Churches Then and Now’.

£1 admission for members of High Country History Group. Visitors welcome, £3. Refreshments as usual at the end of meeting.  Venue: Toot Hill Village Hall. Follow signs to The Green Man from Blake Hall Crossroads on A414 Ongar / North Weald. The Village Hall is just down the road on the left as you reach the pub.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

High Country History Group AGM. Thursday 23 March 2017

Our AGM will be held on 23 March, 8pm, Toot Hill Village Hall.  All welcome.  To follow a film on rural Essex and cheese & wine.  Members: £2.  Visitors: £3

Saturday, 18 February 2017

'Men of Valour: Victoria Cross winners in Essex': Thursday 23 February 2017

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 23 February, 8pm, when our Chairman, Martyn Lockwood, will speak on the subject 'Men of Valour - Victoria Cross winners in Essex'

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Journal No. 62 (December 2016)

The latest Journal of the High Country History Group contains the following items:
- Greensted Hall, the Seat of Captain Budworth
- Essex Churches Then and Now: a talk to be given by the Essex Society for Archaeology and History on 27 April 2017
- Homeless in Stanford Rivers
- Captain Atherton Harold Chisenhale-Marsh 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers
- Zeppelins Commemoration, September 2016: Memorial unveiled at Billericay, and Zepfest at Little Wigborough
- Apotrophic Marks
- Hainault Forest
- Listed Buildings in the High Country - 1. Theydon Mount
- Book Reviews
- From The Papers
- Essex Archaeological Society visit to the High Country in 1908
- Programme for 2017

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Journal No. 61 (September 2016)

The quarterly Journal of the High Country History Group contains the following items:
- Green Man Public House, Toot Hill - an update
- Verdun Oaks
- Toot Hill Windmill
- Memorials against the Police
- Threatened Closures of Stapleford Tawney and Theydon Mount Schools in 1911
- Extensive Fire at Greensted
- St James Church, Matrden Ash, Ongar
- The Post Office Rifles at Ongar
- Amelius Mark Richard, 1st Baron Lambourne (1847-1928)

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Journal No. 60 (June 2016)

The quarterly Journal of the High Country History Group contains the following:
- The sad story of Mr Mikkish
- World War II Airfields in Essex
- The Token Coinage of Essex in the Seventeenth Century
- Zeppelins Over Essex: Sources for Talk
- The Green Man Public House, Toot Hill
- Richard Mulcaster, Rector of Stanford Rivers 1598
- Hill Hall, Theydon Mount - a Haunting!
- The Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales

Thursday, 6 October 2016

'Following In Pevsner's Footsteps'. Thursday 27 October 2016

Dr. James Bettley, author of the updated ‘Buildings of England’ series for Essex, East Suffolk and West Suffolk, with Hertfordshire in preparation, will be our speaker on Thursday 27 October, 8pm, at Toot Hill Village Hall.  The leading architectural historian’s subject will be ‘Following in Pevsner’s footsteps: Essex and Beyond’.  It promises to be an excellent evening.  As usual refreshments afterwards, and a bookstall with donations to the Group.

£1 members. £3 visitors.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Doddinghurst. 'Turmoil and Intrigue' Sunday 6 November 2016

Caroline Seville will be giving a talk entitled 'Turmoil and Intrigue' at All Saints Church, Doddinghurst, on Sunday 6 November 2016 at 2pm to raise funds for the conservation of our 16th century processional cross - about Doddinghurst and All Saints' Church from early times to about 1580 when Richard Stonley became Lord of the Manor. Much of it concerns the Earls of Oxford and what they got up to. There will be an accompanying slide show.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Capability Brown: A Masterpiece. Thursday 28 July 2016

Blenheim in May
Our next meeting will be on 28 July, and an interesting talk in prospect about “Capability” Brown to mark the 300th anniversary of his birth.  His greatest work was at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, but he was also busy across Essex. 

‘Capability Brown. A Masterpiece’. Simon Cranmer.

The Group will also be at the Toot Hill Show on 6 August, an event widely publicised locally.

We look forward to seeing you.

Friday, 1 July 2016

1st July 1916: The Opening Day of the Battle of the Somme

The Revd. Edward Reeve, rector of Stondon Massey, kept a diary called ‘Notes for a Parish History.  In it he wrote his observations of the First World War from his study in what is now Stondon Massey House.

“1st July 1916: As I write, the reverberation of the great guns and explosion of mines are shaking the windows of the Rectory and of all the other houses, I suppose, in the southern and south-eastern counties of England.  There is evidently a very heavy bombardment in progress."

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Essex Society for Family History. Chelmsford Group Open Day. Saturday 18 June 2016

ESAH160: Essex Society for Family History. Chelmsford Grou...: The Essex Society for Archaeology and History is a late entrant to this event, to be held this coming Saturday.  Come along between 11am and 4pm. Free admission.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Friends of St Laurence, Blackmore. 'Zeppelins Over Essex. Thursday 16 June 2016

'Zeppelins Over Essex: 31 March 1916' is a talk to be given by Andrew Smith, with audience participation, to mark the 100th anniversary of the great Zeppelin raids across Blackmore and Essex during the First World War.  

Thursday 16 June 2016
The Priory Church of St Laurence, Blackmore

The talk follows the AGM of the Friends of St Laurence.  Admission free, followed by refreshments.

This is a repeat of the talk given by Andrew, our Secretary, at the High Country History Group.  If you missed it, then this is a second chance to hear it.

Friday, 20 May 2016

The 1960s - a decade of remarkable events: 26 May 2015

Our speaker next week on the 26th May is Maggie Radcliffe who will be speaking on the 1960's - the Decade of Remarkable Events.  This fully illustrated talk will examine all the notable events of that shaped the period.  This will be a trip down memory lane.    Maggie was a professional photographer and during her career met many famous personalities.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

ESAH160: Gaps in 'Current Archaeology'? We can help.

ESAH160: Gaps in 'Current Archaeology'? We can help.: Current Archaeology.   The Essex Society for Archaeology and History has received a complete run of Current Archaeology from #1 to the year 2011 which we do not need for our Library ...