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Ray Sears and Jonathan Foster strike again!

November 2007 -- A new book dedicated to old Waltham Abbey was published earlier this month, and it deals with perhaps one of the most popular aspects of local life there is - pubs!

Waltham Abbey, Reflections of the Past: Pubs and Inns, by Ray Sears and Jonathan Foster, is the latest in a string of titles under the ‘Reflections of the Past’ banner which the indefatigable duo of Ray Sears and Jonathan Foster have produced. It was officially launched at King Harold School on 3rd November this year, at a grand do presided over by our Town Mayor, Mr. Stuart Pryde.

WAHS lectures are Good for you!

The inspiration for this volume came from a lecture on Waltham Abbey’s drinking establishments which Ray gave recently to WAHS. As many of you will remember, it was so popular that the venerable old Victoria Hall was packed to capacity! The lecture proved to be the catalyst for bringing together current knowledge with new discoveries, to such an extent that this new book was produced to reflect this development in the history of the parish’s pubs.

The book itself continues the same popular format of the previous two titles, being easily large enough to do the pictures proper justice and with printing of a standard easily up for the task. The 109 pages contain well over 200 photographs each with descriptive text, as well as numerous period advertisements, newspaper cuttings and maps, which all go to make the subject a lively one.

As well as the main section of views, Ray and Jonathan have added two further sections. Beginning the book is a brief history of inns, brewing, and licensing laws, which also takes a look at the growth of the trade at Waltham Abbey.

At the back of the book is a brief introduction to the history of pub and inn signs, complimented by a fascinating pictorial record of every pub and inn of the district as it is today, each view being accompanied by a shot of the house’s signboard. Ray and Jonathan’s latest work is quite refreshing, and will undoubtedly become a valuable resource to future historians.

The book is available on our bookstall at forthcoming WAHS events, price £10.95. ISBN 978-0-9517297-4-8.


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