60 Years: WAHS
Honours The Queen
Waltham Abbey Historical Society
was founded during the first year of the Queen’s reign, and is proud to have
been invited to submit a short report of our accomplishments to the
In honour of the
Diamond Jubilee of their Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, the Institute is hosting
reports from local societies on its website, to mark their proudest
archaeological or historical achievements of the past 60 years.
Submissions will be judged, and
the best awarded a prize, which will be presented to the winning society at
2013 LIVE! Conference.
We were one of the first societies
to submit a report and it can be seen on the Royal Archaeological Institute’s website at
We have also placed
it onto this website
here, and you can also download a PDF
We have made a great many
significant discoveries of local and national importance over the years, and you
can read all about the most notable ones in our report, including the discovery
of no less than three pre-Conquest predecessors to the present Norman church,
the first one being dated to the early 7th century.
Great success was also had in
discovering features of the succeeding Norman church and then the Augustinian
abbey. You can read about our finds, including an Anglo-Saxon book clasp, a lead
bulla of Pope Alexander III, docks on Longpool and the Cornmill Stream, a statue
of the Madonna dressed in c.1380 garb, an Iznik plate, and a medieval piscina
discovered behind a monument of AD 1600.
Read also about our discovery of
the Moot Hall, Tovi's turf-walled hunting lodge, a screens-passage house
belonging to Henry VIII, and two pre-Conquest churches with 192 burials at
Documentary research has also
reaped rich rewards for us, including identifying the reason why the rod is
16'6" long, and locating a document from the reign of the East Saxon king
Suebred which granted permission to erect the Nazeingbury religious house.
We are also proud of our role in
engaging with the community, including establishing a local museum, which was
adopted by the District Council and has now flourished as the
Epping Forest District Museum for over 30 years.
to the Royal Archaeological Society's Diamond Jubilee competition can be seen at
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