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

“From Crossbow to CrossRail”
Report by Shirley Deering

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A crossbow

On 9 January members enjoyed a journey through eight thousand years of history as Marit Leenstra, from the London Museum of Archaeology, described the discoveries that had been made during the excavations carried out for Crossrail. These showed that the earliest East Londoners had been both energetic and ingenious. Evidence showed they had constructed wooden walkways across marshy ground and had busy factories making flint implements. The Roman occupation was another busy period and produced a wealth of horseshoes. After a time gap in which no items from the Saxon, Viking or Medieval periods were discovered, excavations at Stepney moved on to the Tudor period with the remains of a fine manor house. Over the next three centuries the areas excavated showed increasingly intense occupation by industry, including the site of the London Iron works.

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