Author Archives: Theo van de Bilt

About Theo van de Bilt

Theo is a Dutch expatriate and a retired publishing professional. He has always had an interest in history,. His interest in local history came about through shame: how come I have lived in East Herts for so long and still know so little about it

Annie Clements and her children

By | September 11, 2018

There is a new article concerning the Clements family and how two young boys travelled from the Bishop’s Stortford Poorhouse all the way to Canada where they built up a new life.    It is reprinted there  by kind permission of the Hertfordshire Family History Society and the editor of “Hertfordshire People” their quarterly journal.  Those… Read More »

The SLHS at the May Fayre

By | May 10, 2018

On Sunday 6 May at the Sawbridgeworth May Fayre we had lots of interest in our stand. People came and looked at our old maps of the town. Who would not be interested to to see what was there before their homes were built and if they live in an old property to try and… Read More »

History not houses – Save POW Camp 116

By | June 7, 2020

Friends, If you live locally you are perhaps already aware of this story. In short our friends from Hatfield Heath are fighting to save the local old POW Camp from demolition.  A planning application has been submitted which would see this historic site demolished to make place for 25 luxury homes. As we are a… Read More »

Rivers Nursery

By | September 11, 2018

In October last year our still relatively new Sawbridgeworth Local History Society organised its first Evening Meeting. Our speaker was Elizabeth Waugh whose book, Rivers Nursery of Sawbridgeworth: the Art of Practical Pomology, was published in 2009. Elizabeth very kindly wrote an article for this website which can be found by clicking on the following… Read More »

Our first evening meeting

By | October 26, 2017

Yes folks, on Thursday 19th October at 7pm the SLHS will hold its first evening meeting. Our speaker will be local author Liz Waugh and her subject will be ‘Rivers Orchard in the context of a rural way of life’ The event will place in the Hailey Centre in Bell Street Sawbridgeworth (next to the… Read More »

We did well at the scarecrow festival

By | November 28, 2017

Hello, As you may know  High Wych held its second scarecrow festival last weekend. Although the weather was not as brilliant as it was last year participation broke all records. The village was rewarded with a two page spread in the Herts & Essex Observer and also with an online video. If you are interested,… Read More »

Meet Asgar

By | November 28, 2017

Hello, As some of you may know on Saturday 9th September and the following Sunday the High Wych scarecrow and flower fesstival will be held. Scarecrows will line the road from The Hand and Crown Pub to High Wych School and along High Wych Lane up to The Manor of Groves Hotel. The centre of… Read More »

Come and see us at Fun on the Field !!

By | November 28, 2017

The Sawbridgeworth Local History Society will have a stall at this upcoming event to be held on Sunday 2nd July from 12 noon at the Bullfields Recreation Centre / field  / grounds.                                                                     So once again, if you have any information on the history of our town you are willing to share with us: photographs, documents,… Read More »

Wally Wright – a correction

By | November 28, 2017

Hello, Some 4 weeks ago we told you about Wally right, our preseident and the eminence grise of our society. We erroneously wrote that Wally had been curator at Rhodes, the Bishops Stortford Museum.                             Wally was in fact the curator of the Museum of the Stortford History Society.   There’s a difference.                   So sorry Wally, we… Read More »

The Sawbridgeworth Local History Society – What where and when.

By | November 28, 2017

Dear friends, Last week a great number of locals crowded into Neville Twitchell’s Sawbridgeworth bookshop to listen to a talk from Jeff Page about Sawbridgeworth and East Herts in Victorian times. Neville told us it was the best attended lecture to date and opbviously very much appreciated. After the talk I took the opportunity to… Read More »