Our next talk – Pre-eminent but not remembered: the Malting Families of Sawbridgeworth

By | April 11, 2023

On Thursday 25th May at the Hailey Centre at 7.30pm Tim Howard-Smith will give a talk entitled “Pre-eminent but not remembered: the Malting Families of Sawbridgeworth.   In 1769, Thomas Adderley’s brainchild, the River Stort Navigation was completed after just three short years of construction. The immediate impact was an upturn in trade for those… Read More »

Our programme for 2023

By | December 14, 2022

Sawbridgeworth Local History Society is looking for additional committee members to help us manage and further develop our programme. Please contact David Royle David.royle1@gmail.com if interested.   You can join the Society via www.sbwhistory.com or by contacting Hazel Mead hazelmead404@ btinternet.com.  

The Future of Local Government: speech by E.B.Barnard MP November 1907

By | June 11, 2021

‘The Future of Local Government’: a speech by Mr E. B. Barnard M P at the Shaftesbury Hall, Sawbridgeworth on 14 November 1907
Note Edmund Broughton Barnard OBE JP DL (16 February 1856 to 27 January 1930) according to Wikipedia, was a British Liberal politician, landowner and sportsman. He was an original member of Hertfordshire County Council from 1888, serving on and chairing many different committees and becoming its chairman in 1920 and an Alderman. He was chairman of the County Council’s Education Committee and took a strong stand in favour of the retention of village schools, emphasising their importance to the preservation of village life. Barnard also served on Sawbridgeworth Urban District Council and was its chairman between 1905 and 1907. He died suddenly, aged 73, during a meeting of the Hertfordshire County Council, which he was chairing, on 27 January 1930 in London in the Law Society’s hall.