06/06/17: New book release - 'The Charter of the Forest 1217 '. See recent books page here.
07/04/17: New book release - 'Clues in Fiction'. See recent books page here.
05/04/17: Newsletter 212 and the updated Index 2 are now available on line here.
14/01/17: Newsletter 211 and the updated Index 2 are now available on line here.
21/11/16: Newsletter 210 and the updated Index 2 are now available on line here.
08/08/16: Programme of talks September 2016 - May 2017 here.
09/05/16: New Membership Forms With Current Rates & Latest Newsletter:
Newsletter 209 (April - May 2016) and the updated Index 2 are now available on line here.
15/02/16: Newsletter 208 (January - March 2016) and the updated Index 2 are now available on line here.
15/01/16: Newsletters 205 (April - May 2015), 206 (Sept. - Oct. 2015), 207 (Nov. - Dec. 2015) and the updated Index 2 are now available on line here.
31/08/15: 2015-16 Season Programme:
The new September 2015 - May 2016 season programme is now online here . This programme includes the corrected date of the first meeting Wednesday 16th September posponed from 10th September. See below.
31/08/15: First meeting of the 2015-16 season POSTPONED:
Because of unavailability of the hall, we have had to postpone the first meeting till the following Wednesday.
Rodger Green will now speak on the Epping and Ongar Railway at 8pm on
at the usual venue, Loughton Methodist Church
We do apologise to members and friends who will be inconvenienced by this.
Please tell anyone you know who was intending to come.
02/07/15: New L&DHS Book by Richard Morris Available Now:
Richard Morris's latest book for the society; A History of St Nicholas Church Loughton, Essex is now available via the Recent Books or Publications Pages.
15/03/15: I-Pad Download Problems Resolved:
The Society Newsletters pdf's have previously not been downloading properly on some, but not all I-Pads. We have now resolved this problem and the Newsletter should now open in a 'new tab' in Safari on the I-Pad.
04/03/15: Loughton Outreach Day, 4 July 2015
The Essex Record Office is organising a Loughton Outreach Day on Saturday, 4 July 2015. This will take place on the upper floor of Loughton Library, between 10am and 3pm. The participants will be the Essex Record Office, Essex County Libraries, Loughton and District Historical Society and the City of London Corporation (Conservators of Epping Forest). LDHS and the Corporation will have stands and display tables, but the highlight of the day will be the 1882 Epping Forest Arbitration Award map. This unique coloured map measures 30ft by 13ft, and has not been seen on display for many years. It is intended to display it in its full unrolled length, and it is expected that it will be of great interest to people in the whole Epping Forest area.
The Essex Record Office will also bring other exhibits connected with Loughton. Schools are invi-ted to become involved, and there will be at least two talks on local subjects arranged. Put the date in your diary!
04/03/15: Replacement talk for April in the LHS 2014-15 programme
April: Thursday 9
Buckhurst Hill Buildings
LYNN HASELDINE JONES
A tour around Buckhurst Hill which looks at the history and development of the town through its roads and buildings.
16/01/15: Newsletters 203 (Nov. - Dec. 2014) & 204 (Jan. - March 2015) and the updated Index 2 are now available on line here.
29/08/14: Programme for New Season: The September 2014 - May 2015 programme is now online here.
Newsletter 202 The September - October 2014 Newsletter and the updated Index 2 are now available on line here.
10/04/14: Newsletter 201 The April - May 2014 Newsletter and the updated Index 2 are now available on line here.
30/03/14: Woodhouse, Peter: Life in Loughton 1926–46 (2003): ISBN 0954 23145 7, £5 (2014 reprint now available and still at £5.00). See Book Here
27/01/14: Newsletter 200 The January - March Newsletter and the updated Index 2 are now available on line here.
13/09/13: Newsletter 199 The November - December 2013 Newsletter and the additional new Index 2 are now available on line here.
13/09/13: Newsletter 198 The September - October 2013 Newsletter and an additional new Index are now available on line here.
02/09/13: Two new books published. LOUGHTON AND ITS TREES: COMMUNITY TREE STRATEGY FOR LOUGHTON & WILLIAM D’OYLEY1812–1890: LOUGHTON SURVEYOR AND SUPERINTENDENT OF EPPING FOREST 1876–1879
02/08/13: Programme for New Season: The September 2013 - May 2014 programme is now online here.
11/05/13: Supplement to Newsletter 197: A supplement to our Newsletter detailing an historic find in St John’s, Buckhurst Hill: a monument by Eric Gill: he of Gill Sans fame. Here.
14/03/13: Newsletter 197 The March - April 2013 Newsletter and up dated Index are now available on line here.
28/02/13: Newsletter 196 The Jan. - Feb. 2013 Newsletter and up dated Index are now available on line here.
26/02/13: Two New Book Published: Forest for the People: George Burney (1818–1885) and His Fight to Save Epping Forest by Richard Morris and Grand Commuters: Buckhurst Hill and its Leading Families, 1860–1940 by Lynn Haseldine Jones.
16/11/12: New Book Published: A Century and a Half of Loughton in Pictures by Chris Pond
‘This book will be a worthy addition to bookshelves both locally and far and wide.’
Heather, Lady Murray of Epping Forest
10/11/12: Newsletter 195 The Nov. - Dec. 2012 Newsletter is now available on line here.
17/10/12: 2012 - 2013 Programme of Talks. The web site editor apologises for the dealy in publishing the programme on this web site. Programme here.
10/09/12: Newsletter 194 The Sept. - Oct. 2012 Newsletter and an up dated Index are now available on line here.
17/04/12: Newsletter 193 The April - May 2012 Newsletter and an up dated Index are now available on line here.
23/03/12: Recent Books, Publications pages up dated and revised book order form now online.
16/02/12: Newsletter 192 The Jan. - Mar. 2012 Newsletter and an up dated Index are now available on line here.
11/11/11: Newsletter 191 The Nov./Dec. 2011 Newsletter and an up dated Index are now available on line here.
20/09/11: Newsletter 190 The Sept./Oct. 2011 Newsletter and up dated Index are now available on line here.
26/05/11: The new LDHS Programme for 2011–2012 is now online here.
16/03/11: Newsletters 188 & 189, Jan/Feb & Mar/April 2011 with up dated Index are now available on line here. The editor apologises for the delays in updating the site recently due to personal problems.
14/11/10: Newsletter 187 The Nov - Dec. 2010 Newsletter and up dated Index are now available on line here.
28/10/10: The Society's latest book "The Buildings of Loughton" by Chris Pond is now available.See Recent Books Page & Publications.
14/09/10: The Society's book "THE LIFE AND ART OF OCTAVIUS DIXIE DEACON"
The 19th century sketched in Loughton, London, and Essex by a talented eccentric.
By Chris Pond & Richard Morris is now available. See Recent Books Page & Publications.
07/09/10: Newsletter 186 The Sept. - Oct. 2010 Newsletter and up dated Index are available on line here from 9th Sept.
23/08/10: Loughton Walk with Essex Rocord Office on 10th September:
18/06/10: The new LDHS Programme for 2010–2011 is now online here.
Newsletter 185 The March - April 2010 Newsletter and up dated Index are now available on line here.
Newsletter 184 The January - February 2010 Newsletter and up dated Index are now available on line here.
Newsletter 183 The November - December Newsletter and up dated Index are now available on line here.
Newsletter 182 The Sept. - Oct. 2009 Newsletter and up dated Index are now available on line here. Another great issue with 12 pages of articles and photographs.
03/09/2009:Updated LDHS Membership Form for 2009–2010 is now online here.
18/06/2009:The new LDHS Programme for 2009–2010 is now online here.
Newsletter 181 The March - Feb. 2009 Newsletter and up dated Index are now available on line here.
This is our largest Newsletter so far with 16 pages.
Newsletter 180 the Jan. - Feb. 2009 Newsletter and up dated Index are now available on line here.
21/12/2008:New Book: ARTHUR MORRISON – THE NOVELIST OF REALISM IN EAST LONDON AND ESSEX- By Stan Newens
ARTHUR MORRISON is sometimes styled the English Zola. He was a journalist and general-purpose writer who developed a genre quite unlike that of his contemporaries in Britain. His setting consisted of the dingy and poverty-ridden streets of inner East London in the late nineteenth century, to which the contrast applied was the sylvan retreat of the Essex Forest, not a dozen miles away. The descriptions of the Forest Morrison offers are as beautiful and elegiac as anything in literature, and serve to offset and throw into focus the profound physical and mental destitution of east London.
In this fine study, Stan Newens sets out a great deal of hitherto unknown information about Arthur Morrison, including the degree to which Morrison could go to disguise his origins in Poplar.
Like Thomas Hardy, Morrison gave up writing novels, then devoting himself to the collection and study of oriental art, on which he became an acknowledged international authority.
Newsletter 179 the Nov. - Dec. Newsletter and up dated Index are now available on line here.
15/10/2008:New Book: Dr Fred Stoker and The Lost Garden of Loughton
A house and garden in Loughton, Essex, that in 1964 were offered to the National Trust is the subject of a new book. It tells the story of Dr Fred Stoker, a surgeon who came to live in Loughton in 1920. He subsequently purchased a five acre plot on which he built a house called The Summit, and over the following 15–20 years he and his wife developed a garden that became known nationally.
Stoker was attracted to lilies which he grew with great success, and he was one of the original members of the RHS Lily Committee. He was also interested in ericaceous plants and in 1934 published Shrubs for the Rock Garden.
Fred contributed gardening articles to The Times, was a frequent contributor to Gardeners Chronicleand also made several broadcasts. The Council of the RHS recognised the value of Stoker’s work by awarding him the Victoria Medal of Honour in 1937.
Stoker died in July 1943 but his wife continued to live at The Summit until her death in 1964. Her will provided that The Summit and its garden be left to the National Trust, but evidently the offer was declined, possibly as no dowry was included. In 1971 the plot was put up for sale with outline planning permission for 41 new detached houses and the demolition of The Summit. However, tree preservation orders were imposed on many of the large trees in the garden.
Fred Stoker’s extensive library including many rare books on plants and gardening was left to the RHS and may be found today in the Lindley Library.
The book contains colour plates of Stoker’s favourite Lilies together with other b/w illustrations. It is available from local bookshops, price £3.00, or direct from:
Loughton & District Historical Society
6 High Gables
Dr Fred Stoker and The Lost Garden of Loughton
Price £3.00 plus £1.00 p&p.
Cheques payable to Loughton & District Historical Society.
For more information contact:
Tel. 0208 508 4974