Waltham Abbey Historical Society currently has
nearly 200 members spread across the globe, members with past and present
connections with the historic town of Waltham Abbey in Essex, England.
We meet regularly in the centre of Waltham
Abbey. A series of public Lectures (from
September to May) is held in the Baptist Church, Paradise
Road, Waltham Abbey, and occasional excursions
are held for members in the summer months.
WAHS has borne many success stories over the
archaeology and documentary study has revealed a very great deal of the
history of the town and of its Abbey Church, spanning a period of over two
thousand years from the Iron-Age to the end of the 20th Century.
campaigning by WAHS with other local bodies and individuals in the 1960s and
1970s, saved the heart of the town centre, with historic buildings dating
back as far as the 14th century, from the plannersí attempts to
replace it with yet another bland concrete jungle. We continue to monitor
local developments that could affect the town's distinctive character.
dedication has seen a local museum, staffed by WAHS volunteers, open in
different premises around the town over the years; eventually the struggle
was won with the creation of a permanent local museum, the
Epping Forest District Museum, which is run by Epping Forest District
Council. WAHS loaned its collections of artifacts and documents to this
museum at its inauguration in 1981.
Since 1981 we have continued to acquire historic
items and documents, and our valuable archive collection now includes books,
maps, photos, prints, and a wide range of ephemera, all of which
powerfully reflect the rich heritage of
We have been producing pamphlets and booklets
ever since our earliest days, and our range of
Publications is now extensive. Alongside the more modest booklets, our
series of Millennium Projects present valuable source material in an easily