Herts & Essex Architectural Society (HEARS)

Meeting in Loughton, Essex

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Welcome to HEARS 2020-2021

We are based at St Michael's and All Angels Church, Roding Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 3EJ.

Directions: Approaching from Loughton, the church entrance is on the right-hand side of Roding Road, opposite the junction with Stonards Hill's.. Click on the photo for a map. 

There is some parking at the church from 7.45, but you can also park in Roding Road and in neighbouring roads. Please be careful if you arrive any earlier as cars may be exiting the car park between 7.30 and 7.45.


Annual Membership, renewable each January, is £10, which allows you to attend seven talks, obtain discounts on some of our visits. If you pay in October, you can have two talks free in your first year, Otherwise, the cost is £2.50 per talk for non members. 


The society began life as The Essex Architectural Research Society, formed in 1967 to further the study of vernacular architecture.

In 2001 it adopted its present name and extended its scope to Hertfordshire, especially the east of the county. 

Both Hertfordshire and Essex have a wealth of traditional buildings. The study of ‘ordinary’ buildings from earlier centuries, almost ignored until the 1960s, has advanced enormously in recent years, and the two counties have been in the forefront of research.

The Society meets once a month from September to May, usually on a Friday, in Loughton, South-West Essex. Occasional meetings are held in East Herts or North-West Essex. Meetings cover any topic related to traditional buildings, their design and construction, and their relationship to the social and economic history of their time.

Speakers are either invited guests or members themselves, and talks are usually illustrated.

During the summer months, visits are organised to places of interest, often to buildings not generally open to the public. Buildings of particular interest have been measured and recorded and, in some instances, the work has been published.

Members interests range from traditional buildings to post-war housing developments.

While many members are experts in their fields, most are not and beginners are very welcome to join our friendly group.

In April 2010 we held our first six-week class that was aimed at both beginners and intermediate learners, as part of the Loughton Festival. 

HEARS has strong links with the Essex Historic Buildings Group (based in Chelmsford), with the Loughton Festival and with members of the WEA. 

It is affiliated to the Essex Congress and to the national organisation, the Vernacular Architecture Group (VAG).

Visitors are very welcome at our meetings, but to comply with insurance requirements they do have to provide their name and address.

There is a small charge for non-members, currently £2.50, including tea.

Contact Us

Phone: before 9pm in the evening or mornings only at weekends, 020 8508 2512


In the past we have sent out emails to members and to others that we feel may be interested in our talks, in our summer events and in activities organised by associated societies / similar groups. From 25 May 2018, the law is changing, which means we will only be allowed to send out notices to people who have consented to hearing from us by email.

If you are a paid up member and you have previously provided us with your email address, then we will assume you have consented to receiving our emails. If you are happy with this to continue then you need do nothing more.

In future, all notices, details of trips and other events will be sent to members by email if they have provided us with an email address and posted on our facebook page.

If you are NOT a member and you have not paid your annual subscription for 2018 / 2019 (please check to see if you have), you will no longer receive any emails from us unless you send us a request to be included in our mailing list.

Our email address is [email protected]

Remember, the law requires you to OPT IN, so if you are not a member and you do not request to be added to our mailing list, you will not receive any emails from us in the future.

If any members or non-members who have opted in wish to be removed from our mailing list please let us know. If you wish to be added, please email us at [email protected]