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History is alive and kicking in Uttlesford thanks to recorders

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Landscape archaeologist Simon Coxall was guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Recorders of Uttlesford History (RUH).

He said that the organisation was unique in Essex as a network of historians and history societies, and described Uttlesford as "a little shire all of your own".

The theme of his lecture, illustrated by slides, was the landscape history of the ancient Hundred of Uttlesford.

Recorders of Uttlesford History (56702951)
Recorders of Uttlesford History (56702951)

The meeting in Manuden marked the retirement of RUH treasurer Fiona Bengsten after 14 years. District co-ordinator Jacqueline Cooper presented her with gifts and paid tribute to her work, which included chairing the local history society in Manuden and overseeing the RUH book on First World War memorials in Uttlesford. Her replacement is Deborah Lowe, the Wicken Bonhunt recorder.

Mrs Cooper, who is also local history recorder for Clavering, appealed for RUH vacancies to be filled in Barnston, Elmdon, High Easter, Little Dunmow, Sewards End, Widdington and some of the Rodings.

However, she said it was very pleasing to note the launch of new history societies at Arkesden and Littlebury Green. Across the district, there are now at least two dozen local history groups or amenity societies.

Saffron Walden Historical Journal (56702949)
Saffron Walden Historical Journal (56702949)

* The spring edition of Saffron Walden Historical Journal features the medieval stained glass of St Mark's College, Audley End. Recent publication of the 1921 Census prompts two articles, one of them describing what Castle Street, Saffron Walden, was like in the 1920s when it had a factory processing rabbit skins which filled the street with fleas.

The 70th anniversary of the Queen's accession is commemorated in Bruce Munro's trip down memory lane. Other articles include portraits of BBC country singer Big Bill Campbell, who is buried in Littlebury, and Essex librarian John O'Leary, founder of the original journal 50 years ago.

A copy costs £4 from Harts Bookshop, Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre or Waitrose in Walden. Email saffronwaldenhistory@gmail.com for postal copies.

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