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CLUES IN FICTION: AN ESSEX COUPLE’S SECRET TIESClues in Fiction book cover
(2017)

A remarkable group of artists and scientists lived at Loughton in the pre-1914 period. With extra sources becoming available, it has been possible to piece together the stories of more and more of these figures, and how they interacted. In this book, Imogen Gray researches the lives of Horace Newte and Vera Keen, a singular literary couple who lived most of their brief married life at Upminster, Theydon Bois, and Loughton. Though Horace is now mostly overlooked, he was a very widely read novelist in his time, and, after his marriage ended in a sensational divorce, developed into an acerbic, not to say cantankerous, popular newspaper columnist.

ISBN 978–1–905269–21–1
£6.50  

 


A HISTORY OF ST NICHOLAS’ CHURCH, LOUGHTON, ESSEXSt Nicholas Church Book Cov
EDITED BY RICHARD MORRIS
(2015)

This short history of the church of St Nicholas from its beginnings in the 12th century to the Memorial Chapel built in 1877, seeks to put together in one volume the story of the church and churchyard, and to add some biographical details of the people who contributed much to the history of the village and town of Loughton. The Stonnard, Wroth and Maitland families each possessed the manor of Loughton for considerable periods. In the case of the Stonnards and the Maitlands, several members of the families are buried in the churchyard. With the departure of the Maitlands from Loughton Hall in 1946, the chapel was renovated and St Nicholas became a ‘daughter church’ of St John’s for public worship.

ISBN 978-1-905269-20-4
RRP - £6

 


LOUGHTON AND ITS TREES: Tree Book Cover
COMMUNITY TREE STRATEGY FOR LOUGHTON
(2013)
by Tricia Moxey

A 104 page, full-colour account of the trees of Loughton, their history, and what they contribute to the town, as well as a management plan to conserve and enhance them for future generations.

ISBN 978–1–905269–18–1
RRP - £8

 


WILLIAM D’OYLEY1812–1890:D'Oyley book cover
LOUGHTON SURVEYOR AND
SUPERINTENDENT OF EPPING FOREST 1876–1879
(2013)
by Richard Morris, OBE

In the fight to save Epping Forest from enclosure, the City of London Corporation had by 1876 purchased 2,750 acres of forest from the local lords of the manor. The Corporation decided to appoint a Superintendent to take charge of the land, and appointed William D’Oyley, a land surveyor who had lived in Loughton since 1854.

William D’Oyley was Superintendent for only three years but he used his professional skills to create new paths through the Forest and to drain swampy areas, so that by the time of the Epping Act of 1878, the obligation to conserve the Forest for the recreation and enjoyment of the people was beginning to be realised.

D’Oyley came from a family of land surveyors, who were all known for the many detailed maps and plans of the Forest and south-west Essex that they compiled , and which are today in the collection of the London Metropolitan Archives. The book is illustrated in colour, including some of D’Oyley’s maps.

ISBN 978–1–905269–19–8
RRP - £5


FOREST FOR THE PEOPLEForest for the People Cover
GEORGE BURNEY (1818–1885)AND HIS FIGHT TO SAVE EPPING FOREST
(2012)
by Richard Morris, OBE

George Burney,an iron-tank manufacturer from Millwall on the Isle of Dogs in East London, achieved some notoriety in the 1870s, in the fight to save Epping Forest from enclosure, when he organised the pulling down of fences on pieces of forest land which he believed had been illegally enclosed. His involvement in helping to save the Forest was, however, much greater than just pulling down fences. This monograph seeks to explain his wider activities in this respect, and to give some background to his family and business in east London. Burney & Company Ltd became known internationally for its iron products and was sole supplier of iron water tanks to the Royal Navy.

RRP - £3.50

ISBN 978–1–905269–16–7


GRAND COMMUTERS:BUCKHURST HILL AND ITS LEADING FAMILIESGrand Commuters Cover
1860–1940
(2013)
by Lynn Haseldine Jones

Very little has been written about Buckhurst Hill for the best part of 50 years. From time to time, articles have appeared in the LDHS Newsletter and in local papers, but this is the first time the LDHS has been able to offer to residents a substantial volume on any aspect of its history. Lynn Haseldine Jones has spent some years researching the families who effectively ran Buckhurst Hill. They were major employers in the town, they were influential in politics and religion locally, and their influence can be discerned even today. For the most part, their ample houses have disappeared, to be replaced, particularly in the 1960s and 70s, by smaller ‘executive residences’ and blocks of flats. But their names live on, and Lynn in this book has documented something of them and of what they left to Buckhurst Hill. We owe her much for filling in this gap in our local history.

RRP - £4.50

ISBN 978-1-905269-17-4


A CENTURY AND A HALF OF LOUGHTON IN PICTURES
(2012)Loughton in Pictures book cover
by Chris Pond

This book is published to mark the Golden Jubilee of the Loughton and District Historical Society. The Society has a large and miscellaneous, photographic collection, built up from gifts from various donors over the previous 50 years.
There are no very early photographs of Loughton. There are engravings and watercolours, but the camera seems to have arrived relative late.

This book is a photographic record, covering the past 140 years, of how Loughton was, and thus how Loughton has changed. It is not a complete record, because many landmark buildings were demolished and do not seem ever to have been photographed. There are a few pictures of landscapes and fields before development, modes of transport, and a few of the Forest, but it is the townscapes and buildings that most readily seize the imagination. There are some of Loughton people, but rather more of the life and work of various institutions in the town.

A colour section includes tinted Edwardian postcards as well as scenes from thirty or forty years ago that are now as much a part of the town’s history as older scenes.

‘This book will be a worthy addition to bookshelves both locally and far and wide.’
Heather, Lady Murray of Epping Forest

RRP - £12.50

ISBN 978–1–905269–15–0   

SOME L&DHS BOOKS PUBLISHED EARLIER

THE BUILDINGS OF LOUGHTON& Notable People of the Town (2010) Buildings of Loughton Book
This is the second revised and enlarged edition of this book first published in 2003.
By Chris Pond

Loughton has a great variety of buildings, and is especially strong in late nineteenth and early twentieth century houses. It was a place where moneyed and also artistic people came to seek a retreat from the city. In this book is to be found perhaps the most exhaustive study of the built heritage of any English suburb, and also of the society that gave rise to the buildings of this picturesque corner of Essex, set among the unequalled sylvan scenery of Epping Forest, yet within easy commuting distance of London.

RRP - £7.50


ISBN 978–1–905269–11–2

 


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
Octavius Deacon Cover

OCTAVIUS DEACON was an advertising agent, publisher, and amateur artist who was born in Bow, and lived in Hackney and Loughton for much of his life. After one of his last descendants died in Surrey a decade ago, albums of watercolours and drawings of places near his homes and further afield, painted by Octavius Deacon, were put up for auction.

This book presents a selection of 47 Deacon paintings and sketches from those albums – a charming, whimsical, and evocative picture of village and London life 120 and more years ago. The authors have researched Deacon fully and explored his writings, so as to present a biography of this singular – and rather cantankerous – artist, as well as to describe and explain the places he drew, and their inhabitants as he saw them.

RRP - £7.50

ISBN 978–1–9052–6913–6


ARTHUR MORRISON – THE NOVELIST OF REALISM IN EAST LONDON AND ESSEX
By Stan Newens Morrison Book Cover

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.

RRP £4.50

ISBN: 1–978–1–905269–10–5


Dr Fred Stoker and the Lost Garden of Loughton
By Richard Morris and Chris Pond

Stoker book cover

Fred Stoker was a surgeon, who came to live in Loughton about 1920. He first lived at Oak Lodge (later No 56) Baldwins Hill, but subsequently purchased an adjoining plot of land of almost five acres in the apex between Baldwins Hill and Goldings Hill, with the Potato Ground allotments as the southern boundary. Here he built a house which he called The Summit, and over the following 15–20 years he and his wife, Mary, developed a garden that became known nationally and internationally.

Dr Stoker died in July 1943, but his wife continued to live at The Summit until her death in 1964. The land was sold in 1971 and an estate of 41 houses built. However, tree preservation orders were imposed on many of the large trees in the garden and it is still possible to identify some of them.

 

RRP £3.00

ISBN: 1–905269–09–9


Essex’s Excellency: The Election of two Knights of the Shire for the County of Essex at the General Election of August 1679.Essex Excellency
By Richard Morris, OBE (2008)

This booklet describes events at Chelmsford in August 1679 during the election to Parliament of two Essex knights of the shire. These events provide an insight into post-restoration politics and religion in England and the disorder at the election contest was by no means unique. The three elections were carried out in a crescendo of excitement and reflected principally the religious dissension of the day and also disenchantment with corruption in Parliament. The period saw the beginning of political parties and election contests as we know them.

 

 

RRP £4.00

ISBN 13–978–1–905269–08–2


MERCHANTS, MEDICINE AND TRAFALGAR: THE HISTORY OF THE HARVEY FAMILY
By Richard Morris, OBE (2007)
Medicine & Trafalgar book

Thomas and Joanne Harvey’s seven sons were all born in the first Elizabethan era. Five of the sons followed in their father’s footsteps and became successful merchants in the City of London trading in silks and spices, principally with the Levant. The profits from the business were used to purchase land and houses in several counties in southern England, at which succeeding generations enjoyed their leisure pastimes.
The eldest son of the first generation was William Harvey, who pursued a career in medicine and became the celebrated physician who discovered the circulation of the blood in 1628. He was a physician to Charles I and was present with the King at the battle of Edgehill in 1642. Harvey is remembered today as the greatest of England’s early experimental scientists in laying the foundation of physiology.
Five generations later the Harveys produced one of the heroes of Trafalgar, when Captain, later Admiral, Sir Eliab Harvey, commanded the Temeraire at the great sea battle. Eliab’s foul temper and other eccentricities in his later life have led some to suggest that he was insane, however, the book concludes that he was a hero but with flaws. Other members of the family led distinguished careers in the army and as Members of Parliament.
The principal house in which six generations of Harveys lived was at Rolls Park, Chigwell, in Essex. Although the exterior was undistinguished, the interior has been described as one of the most richly decorated in the country in Georgian times. The Harveys inherited through marriage, a fine collection of mainly Italian Renaissance art, but including twelve marine pictures by Willem Van de Velde and his son. The collection was dispersed after the Admiral’s death in 1830, however, many of the pictures can be seen today in public galleries in the UK and overseas.
In his extensive research into the Harvey family Richard Morris has found important new material, including previously unpublished letters about Eliab Harvey’s role at Trafalgar, and his daughter, Louisa’s, relationship with the Duke of Wellington.
The book is extensively illustrated in black and white and colour.

PDF with illustrations and more about this book.

Out of print and no longer available.
ISBN 13–978–1–905269–07–5


POST-WAR LOUGHTON 1945 - 1970
BY TERRY CARTER (2006)Post War Loughton

With the publication of this book, Terry Carter has filled a gap from 1945 to 1970. Loughton now possesses an almost complete library of reminiscences dating back some 145 years.
Personal memories are very important to local history and, when combined with reference to documentary sources, they are a most valuable instrument, which can illustrate the realities of life in the past that a learned study derived from books cannot.
Terry Carter’s narrative, is a full account of post-war Loughton: the privations of rationing and the practical steps Loughtonians took to remedy them; the Festival of Britain; aspects of the town’s two carnivals, and the attitudes to the newcomers to the Debden LCC Estate are thoroughly rehearsed here. There are also many photographs illustrating the changes that have taken place over the years.
Terry Carter says that this narrative is in some ways a repayment of the debt he owes Loughton, but Loughton is in Terry’s debt, for chronicling, so faithfully and in such detail, its history in our times. The RRP is £8.50.

ISBN 1 905269 05 6


The Loughton Railway 150 Years OnLoughton 150 book

by CHRIS POND, IAN STRUGNELL & TED MARTIN (2006)

In August 1856 the Eastern Counties Railway opened a branch railway to Loughton in rural Essex. Over 150 years this developed into the Underground line we know today. This book, published to mark the anniversary, is an anthology of various aspects of the railway’s past, and its effects on Loughton.
An overview of the branch’s 150 years is followed by a look at early proposals for railways in the area. The effect of the railway on Loughton is then covered, showing how the railway drove and controlled development.
Complaints received in the early days, a passengers' rebellion and a brief history of Loughton's three stations, from the temporary ECR terminus to the art deco 1940 station, are followed by an essay on Loughton's first station and a piece on the Recreation Ground. The staggered platforms and crossings of the early days are also discussed.
Engines, engineers and rolling stock are dealt with, trying to determine what was used and who was responsible for it. What can be seen from the window relating to the railway’s history on a journey taken today is also the subject of a contribution.
Finally there is a short biography of Edward Johnston, who had local connections and was the designer of London Transport’s typeface, Johnston Sans, and of the roundel or target logo.
The book also includes plans, maps and photographs.
The RRP is £8.50.

ISBN 1 905269 04 8


Lady Mary Wroth
by SUE TAYLOR (2005)

Lady Mary Wroth is one of those figures Loughton figures who is often mentioned in the history of the town, but about whom relatively little is known. She is nevertheless a notable figure in English literature, one of first women authors in our language, the first female author of a sonnet sequence. Modern commentators have given serious attention to Lady Wroth as a significant writer. She was also the first of a significant number of Loughton based authors. Her connections in the courtly circles of Jacobean society were wide.

Sue Taylor has taken the opportunity here to record and distill what is known about Lady Mary Wroth from a range of of sources and in doing so, she adds significantly to our knowledge of this early Loughton writer. The RRP is £2.50.

ISBN 0954 2314 81

 

 


Maynard's Concise History of Epping Forest 1860
EDITED by RICHARD MORRIS OBE (2005)

This booklet originally published at Theydon Bois in 1860 by the author, has been reset and reprinted as the first history of Epping Forest and the first counterblast in print against the arguments of those who wanted disafforestation and enclosure at that time.

Hardly any of the original copies have survived and photostat copies produced by Brian Page, Hon Editor of the Wanstead Historical Society Journal, are no longer available.

A new preface and a life of the author have been added to explain the background to this fascinating historical document which is of particular interest to Essex historians and all lovers of Epping Forest.

ISBN 1905-2690-13


The Harveys of Rolls Park, Chigwell, Essex
by RICHARD MORRIS OBE (2004)

The Harvey family came to live at Rolls Park, Chigwell in the middle of the 17th century. Several members of the family established themselves as merchants in the City of London, trading mainly with Turkey and the Levant. Others members achieved success as lawyers, in government service and in military careers.
Much of the history of Essex has been shaped by the sea, and the Harvey family provided one of the heroes of Trafalgar, when Captain Eliab Harvey (1758-1830), later to become Admiral Sir Eliab Harvey, commanded the Temeraire at the famous battle in 1805. Most heroes have a streak of eccentricity in them and, to judge from the letters of Eliab's wife, Louisa, to her eldest daughter, the Admiral was no exception.
The interior of the house at Rolls Park must have been one of the most richly decorated in the country in Georgian times. Fortunately a photographic record was made of the house in 1918, before its sad decline during and after the second world war, which led to its demolition in 1953; only the orangery, stables and old cottage remaining.
The book is illustrated with portraits of the Harveys, together with photographs of the interior and exterior of the house, and scenes from the Battle of Trafalgar, the 200th anniversary of which is celebrated this year.

A paperback book with 12 pages of plates, 8 of which are in colour. Out of Print. (see publications).
ISBN 0954 23149 X


The Verderers and Courts of Waltham Forest in the County of Essex
1250-2000
(2004)

by RICHARD MORRIS OBE
Verderer of Epping Forest

A NEW HISTORY of the Royal Hunting Forest in Essex from medieval times to the present day. Epping Forest is the remaining fragment of Waltham Forest, which for over 700 years was one of the royal hunting forests of England, where the monarch had the exclusive right to hunt deer. Even earlier, Waltham Forest had formed part of the Forest of Essex which covered most of the county.

The book explains the judicial system of Forest courts which existed until the middle of the 19th century, presided over by the Verderers, before which offenders against the Forest laws were brought.

The Verderers were often well known landowners, merchants, lawyers and military men in the county, and included representatives from the Stonards and Wroths of Loughton, the Harveys of Chigwell, the Conyers of Copped Hall, the Hervey Mildmays of Dagenham, and the Fanshawes and Gascoynes of Barking.

The role of the Verderers changed with the passing of the Epping Forest Act of 1878, when the Corporation of London became Conservators. The Verderers no longer had any judicial authority, but their influence on the management of the Forest was still significant. The Buxtons, Sir Antonio Brady, Andrew Johnston, Sir William Addison and others have, in the past 125 years defended the Forest against encroachment and the effects of surrounding urbanisation.

The hardback book is over 200pages and has an additional16 pages of colour plates and many black and white illustrations, together with a comprehensive index. The RRP is £14.95, with the usual discounts for bookshops, libraries, schools and universities.

ISBN 0954 231465

Only a few copies remain. Please email.


LIFE IN LOUGHTON 1926 - 1946
By Peter Woodhouse (2003, Reprinted 2014)

Loughton between the wars was changing. The leaders of the community envisaged a time when all its open land other than the Forest would be built over. But for those who came to live in Loughton, it was still an open, semi-rural, middle-class place, mostly village, only part suburb. In this book, Peter Woodhouse tells the story of that Loughton of private schools, tennis clubs, steam trains, pirate buses, and dancing lessons, the Loughton of the 1920s and 30s; a charming cameo of Loughton life in the past. £5.00

ISBN 0954 231457

2014 Reprint now available

 

 


My LIFE IN LOUGHTON (1873 - 1962)
By Gertude Green (2004)

Gertrude Green wrote her 'notes' in longhand on scraps of paper and bits of
writing pad in 1959, 1960 and 1961.

Here is that rarest of documents, a complete biography and family history of
working-class people before the days of the tape-recorder. Gertrude lived
her life in Loughton; her story was unprompted, it was
written by a cottager from the poorest part of the affluent town, Smarts
Lane, and its memories are both accurate and wide-ranging.

Here, then, is an account of Loughton life, not 50 or 75 years ago, but up
to 125 years ago. It is a very valuable document, and eminently readable. £5.00

ISBN 0954 2314 7 3

Out of Print.


Powells in EssexThe Powells in Essex and their London Ancestors by Richard Morris. (October 2002)

The story of the philanthropists and antiquaries who came to live in Hackney, Tottenham, Walthamstow, Loughton and Buckhurst Hill in the nineteenth century. Hardbound book with 16 pages of colour plates. 9.50

ISBN 0954 231422

Only a few copies remain. Please email.

 

 

 

 

Walks in Loughton's Forest
by CHRIS & CAROLINE POND (2006)

Short Epping Forest walks in and around Loughton
With historical notes & maps. £3.50 This is the reprint of the 2002 edition.

ISBN 1 905269 01 3


Loughton a Hundred Years Ago
By William Chapman Waller
Edited by Richard Morris and Chris Pond (2006 edition)

The Loughton & District Historical Society has recently published the full text of William Chapman Waller's Itinerary of Loughton, written between 1905-1912. This follows publication earlier in 2001of a biography of Waller by Richard Morris.
Loughton 100 William Waller lived in Loughton from 1874 to 1917 and spent much of his time researching and writing about the history of Loughton and Essex. He was one of the leading county historians of his time.
In the new book, edited by Chris Pond and Richard Morris, Waller combines a description of the old buildings of Loughton and their history, with an almost gossipy look at the people who lived in the town in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras.
There is also a mass of interesting miscellaneous detail that comes from the Itinerary, from the man who invented penny-in-the-slot gas machines, to the lady who carried her bantam cock around as a pet. Some of the people described by Waller can be found in caricature in the collection of drawings and paintings by Octavius Dixie Deacon, now in the Epping Forest District Museum.
Waller understood that a record of Loughton as he knew it would be as important for the future as were the court rolls and forest records he used for his research into earlier centuries.That is why, he says, he started the Itinerary, hoping that it would be useful to some yet unborn historian of Loughton.
In fact the manuscript of the Itinerary was lost to the town for 83 years because it descended with Waller's family, who fortunately preserved it, and have now given permission for its publication.
Many of the houses Waller describes have since been demolished, and some have been converted to other uses. The editors have chosen 20 photographs of Edwardian Loughton, some hitherto unpublished, to complement this unique record.
'Loughton a Hundred Years Ago', can be obtained from:
The Loughton & District Historical Society
Forest Villa, 7 Staples Road, Loughton, Essex. IG10 1HP
and at local bookshops, price 5.50.

ISBN 1 90526903X


Notes on Loughton II: 1896-1914
By William Chapman Waller
Edited by Richard Morris

The Loughton & District Historical Society has recently published a transcript of William Waller's Notebooks covering the period 1896 -1914, in which he describes events that took place in the 'village' and the people involved. They provide an insight into life in Loughton during the early part of the twentieth century.
Plume of Feathers The forest, some of the larger houses and the people living in them, and local industries are all subjects covered by Waller.
In 1896 Harold Baring, a member of the family that owned the late lamented Bank, gave a party at Wallsgrove House, High Beach. Waller is critical of the extravagance. In 1901 there were only six motors cars in Loughton. Waller names the owners and wonders how many there will be in the future! Also in 1901 a new local newspaper, The Gazette, was first published: 'well printed on good paper'. Will it survive, he asks?
The coming of the telephone to Loughton in November 1906 is mentioned, but Waller does not like the posts and wires and doubts if they will be put underground when they leave the High Road. The telephone company offered him a line for 5 per year.
The Maitland v Matland court case is recounted, in which Blanche Maitland sued for damages after she was knocked down in the High Road by a horse and trap that bolted after being frightened by a 'steam lorry'. The plaintiff lost and Waller thinks that too high damages were sought and too much evidence was tendered.
The publication completes the quartet of books on Loughton's famous Victorian Historian.
The biography of William Waller by Richard Morris; 'Loughton a Hundred Years Ago' edited by Chris Pond and Richard Morris; together with the two booklets of Waller's Notes on Loughton; are all available from the Loughton Bookshop, 150 High Road, Loughton, or from the Historical Society. £2.00

ISBN 0952 880598


Contact for more information:
Richard Morris
6 High Gables, Loughton, Essex. IG10 4EZ
Phone : 020 8508 4974
Email : verdmorris@btinternet.com

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