Spring 2019 Newsletter

Chairman’s message
Jackie Arnot

Talk on Markets, Mildmay and Marconi
Report by Shirley Deering

Talk on Chelmsford’s Suffragettes
Report by Shirley Deering

Talk on Essex country houses
Report by Shirley Deering

Talk on Henry VIII and his six wives
Report by Shirley Deering

“From Crossbow to CrossRail”
Report by Shirley Deering

Outing to Mountfitchet Castle and Wimpole Estate
Report by Shirley Deering

The Christmas Post outing
Report by Al Arnot

President’s Event

On target
Shirley Deering

Use it or lose it
Al Arnot

Talk on Essex country houses
Report by Shirley Deering

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A view over a river and a brick bridge towards a large country house

On 14 November 2018 Ben Cowell, Director General of the Historic Houses Association, described the history and objectives of the organisation. Over the past two centuries factors such as agricultural depression and inheritance tax have left owners struggling with financial problems. Of 182 historic houses identified in Essex, 32 have been lost through demolition, or have had to become hotels, or care homes. Founded in 1973, Historic Houses is an association of owners of such properties, and seeks to save them by encouraging owners in enterprising ways to pay the bills, while keeping their property as a lived-in family home.

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