Halstead & District Local History Society

Halstead & District Local History Society

Halstead & District Local History Society
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Halstead High St. 1967
Taken from St. Andrews Church
Halstead High St. 2009
Taken from St. Andrew's Church
High St. Congregational Church
High St. Post Office
Built on the site of the High St. Congregational Church
The Bus Station 1950s/60s
Built on the site next to the Manse attached to the High St. Congregational Church
Sainsbury's 2000s
Built on the site of the Bus Station
Townsford Mill 1800s
Townsford Mill 2000s
The town of Halstead is located on the borders of Essex and Suffolk seven miles north of Braintree, eight miles south of Sudbury straddling the river Colne.

Halstead derives its name from the Old English word 'heald' meaning a sloping hillside and 'stede' a place of shelter. Archaeological evidence indicates that Halstead has been occupied since the early Bronze Age. The sites of Iron Age and Roman settlements, including a villa, were discovered in the vicinity of Greenstead Hall, where Saxon pottery was also found.
Brian Vidler

The Society are very sad to announce that our Chair, Brian Vidler, sadly passed away on Thursday 13th June at home with his family around him. Brian had been undergoing treatment for cancer for sometime, unfortunately it was discovered that the disease had spread to his liver and lungs and was not treatable.

Brian had been a member of the Society for some years and took over as Treasurer when Jim Hutchins moved away in 2020. Last year, he took over as Chair, and worked very hard in both positions.

It is hard to come to terms with his loss, and our thoughts at this time are with Jan and the family.

Latest News
Museum Closed 24th July
Please note that the Museum will be CLOSED on Wedneday 24th July for the funeral of our Chair, Brian Vidler.
Published by - 27 Jun 2024
Halstead Heritage Museum
The Halstead Heritage Museum is now open for the 2024 season (click title for details)
Published by - 01 Feb 2024
The Halstead and District Local History Society was formed on Thursday December 16th 1976 at a meeting held in the Scout Hut, New Street, Halstead. The Society currently has a membership of over 100 and holds meetings on the third Thursday of each month in the Baptist Church, Hedingham Road, Halstead, Essex. Each year we run a varied programme of local history related meetings spanning the dark ages to more recent times including the influence of the industrial revolution on the area.

The society has a comprehensive collection of photographs dating back to the 1800s showing scenes from Halstead and the surrounding district. Come along to the Halstead Heritage Museum if you would like to see more.
A Glimpse Back at Halstead
A Tribute to Doreen Potts – Local Historian
by Pam Corder-Birch
This book is written as a tribute to Doreen, a long standing and highly respected member of H&DLHS and contains 136 pages with numerous photographs and illustrations. It covers aspects of the history of the town, the majority of which have not previously been published. New articles and photographs include, shops, transport and horse and cart to charabancs and buses, the Colne Valley and Halstead Railway, old houses and farms of yesteryear and the families who lived in them. Also included are social and sporting events and photographs of Halstead at work and play, as well as tributes to some of the men who fought in the First and Second World Wars.

Priced at: £12.95
Halstead & District Local History Society, The Queens Hall, Chipping Hill, Halstead, Essex, C09 2BY
Published by Halstead and District Local History Society

A Glimpse Back at Halstead
The Halstead & District Local History Society is open to all. If you’re interested in local history, why not come along to one of our meetings?
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Patron: Adrian Corder-Birch, D.L., F.S.A., President: Malcolm Root, FGRA
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