Events that you might enjoy

Events that we think you’ll enjoy, but which are not organised by the Woodford Historical Society. — (Includes Local Soieties and London based m,useums and organisations)

The Preservation of Open Spaces

Wednesday 21st September 7.45 p.m.

St. John’s Church Hall, off Leytonstone High Road, E11 1HH

Mark Gorman of the Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society will give this

illustrated presentation.

Entry is free to L&LHS members and £2 for visitors.   Doors open 7.15.

Phone Maureen Measure on 020-8558-5491 or email


With thanks to West Essex Archaeological Society who prepared the following Schedule.

 BRITISH MUSEUM To 27th November: ‘Sunken Cities – Egypt’s Lost Worlds’ – the story of the recent re-discovery of the two lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, at the mouth of the Nile. Adults £16.50, under 16’s Free. From 27th October: South Africa – 3 Million Years of Art. Adults £12, under 16’s Free. From 15th September: Rock Art – Power and Symbolism in Southern Africa. Free. Free gallery talks at 1:15p.m.: Saturday 17 September – Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt Friday 23 September – The Mold Gold Cape Wednesday 28 September – Roman Iron and Steel SCIENCE MUSEUM Opening 12th October: Wonderlab – revealing how scince and maths shape our everyday lives. To 1 September 2017: ‘Our Lives in Data’ – find out how ‘Big Data’ is transforming the world around us. Free. To 15 January 2018: ‘Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care’ – commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and the huge medical and human impact of casualties during and beyond the First World War. MUSEUM OF LONDON (Book on-line at From 23rd July: Fire! Fire! – Discover London before, during and after the Great Fire of 1666 in an interactive exhibition marking the 350th anniversary of this infamous disaster. Fee £8. 21st October to 22nd December, 2:00 p.m.: ‘Behind the Curtain’ – explore the secrets of the stage and delve into the world of the West End theatre on this exclusive tour. £12.50, see website for available dates and to book. To 11th September: ‘A New Museum for London’ – The Museum of London is moving, and this display presents responses of six shortlisted architectural practices to our new site at West Smithfield THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES – Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BE Saturday 17th September, 10:00 a.m.: Open House – explore the apartments of Burlington House’s six cultural organisations. 

Tuesday 20th September, 1:00 p.m.: ‘A Copy of A Copy – Leek’s Replica of the Bayeux Tapestry’, Dr Brenda King. LAMAS – Museum of London, 150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN Tuesday 11th October, 6:30 p.m.: ‘Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker – Surviving the Great Fire of London’, Hazel Forsyth. COLAS – St Olave’s Hall, Mark Lane, EC3 Friday 16th September: ‘The King’s Observatory – The Quest for Shene Charterhouse’, Bob Cowie of MOLA GRESHAM COLLEGE Wednesday 21st September, 1:00 p.m. at the Museum of London: ‘Blick Mead – a Mesolithic Site in the Stonehenge Landscape’, Prof David Jacques. Monday 10th October, 1:00 p.m. at the Museum of London: ‘The Early River Thames – the Iron Age and Before’, Jon Cotton. Monday 17th October, 1:00 p.m. at the Museum of London: ‘The Growth of London as a Port From Roman to Medieval Times’, Dr Gustav Milne. Monday 24th October, 1:00 p.m. at the Museum of London: ‘From Sail to Steam – London’s Role in a Shipbuilding Revolution’, Elliott Wragg. COPPED HALL Wednesday 28th September, 10:00a.m. – ‘Astronomy: Our Solar System and Beyond’, Ann Mills. Fee £25. CHINGFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Vestry Hall, Chingford Green. Thursday 20th October, 7:30 p.m. – ‘The Excursionist’s Forest’, Dr Chris Pond. ILFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Ilford Hospital Chapel, Ilford Hill, IG1 2AT Monday 10th October, 8:00 p.m.: ‘Mary Austin – a True Woman of Substance’, Eric Feasey. LEYTON & LEYTONSTONE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – St John’s Church Hall, Leytonstone High Road Wednesday 21st September, 7:45 p.m. – ‘Londoners and the Preservation of Open Spaces’, Mark Gorman. Friday 23rd September, 8:30 p.m.: – Zeppelin L31 centenary walk, led by Alan Simpson. Meet on Lea Bridge Road under the railway bridge by Russell Road E10 (near the Bakers Arms almshouses). ESSEX SOCIETY FOR ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY Sunday 16th October, 12:30 p.m.: Morant Lunch at the White Hart in Braintree; ‘Solving Structural Problems in Historic Buildings’, Ian Hulme. Cost £28, book by 16th September. HERTS & ESSEX ARCHITECTURAL SOCIETY – Abridge Village Hall, Ongar Road RM4 1UH Friday 28th October, 7:45 p.m.: ‘Stepney Green – from Moated Manor House to City Farm’, Dave Sankey. ENFIELD ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY – Jubilee Hall, 2 Parsonage Lane, Enfield Friday 14th October, 8:00 p.m.: ‘Verulamium Revealed’, Kris Lockyear. BARKING & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Harp House, 16 Helmore Road, Barking IG11 9PH Monday 3rd October, 7:45 p.m.: ‘Shetland: the Windswept Isles’, Rosemary Rogers. LOUGHTON AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Methodist Church, Loughton High Road Thursday 13th October, 8:00 p.m.: ‘Behind the Wire – Prisoner of War Camps in Epping Forest’, Mark Gorman and Peter Williams. WALTHAM ABBEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Waltham Abbey Baptist Church Hall, Paradise Road Friday 16th September, 8:00 p.m.: ‘Take a Trip – the London to Cambridge Railway’, Terry Ward. WALTHAMSTOW HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Family Centre, St Gabriels Church, Havant Rd, E17 3JF Thursday 15th September, 7:45 p.m.: ‘Behind the Scenes at Vestry House Museum’. WOODFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Trinity Catholic High School, Sydney Rd, Woodford Green IG8 0TB Monday 19th September, 7:45 p.m.: ‘Woodford’s Community Through the Ages’, Georgina Green. ESSEX RECORD OFFICE – Wharf Road, Chelmsford CM2 6YT Saturday 1st October, 10:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.: ‘Norman Essex – What did the Normans do for us?’, Prof David Bates, Dr Jennifer Ward, Peter Berridge, Katharine Schofield. Tickets £20, call 033301 32500 to book. Tuesday 4th October, 10:30 a.m.: ‘Crossrail – Layers of London, 68,000 Years of History’, Jay Carver.

Hurst House Gardens — To be announced

In 1954 a plan was commissioned for the 0.75 acre garden of Hurst House from a famous garden designer of the time, Percy Cane. His winding grass paths through the curved flower beds remain to this day as does the rose garden with a classical temple portico as the central focal point. A small ornamental pond in the centre reflects the marble statue of venus and cupid. These features, together with the classical urns which are symmetrically positioned around the garden reflect the classical architecture of Hurst House. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the garden and the 300th anniversary of Hurst House the gardens will be open on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October 2014 from 2.00 – 4.00 p.m. Wheelchair accessible .

For more information about Hurst House and its history go to

Gardens of Hurst House
Gardens of Hurst House

Hurst House Wdfd Grn built 1715 by H Raine