Herts & Essex Architectural Society (HEARS) - Meeting in Loughton, Essex

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2018 - 2019
Doors open at 7.45pm for an 8.00pm start. 

 All talks are held at St Michael's Church, Roding Road, Loughton

Limited parking on site from 7.45pm or in nearby roads.

Friday 26 October   
The Bishop’s Stortford Union Workhouse - as Revealed by a National Archives Project
Bill Hardy

Friday 23 November   
Smithfield: Past, Present, and Future 
Alec Forshaw
(This is an Open Event, there is no charge for non-members, so why not come along and give us a try?) 

Friday 25 January
Ludlow: A Medieval Planned Town 
David Stevenson 

Friday 22 February   
The Architecture and Design of Social Housing: Successes and Failures
Peter Harvie

                                                                                                         Friday 22 March
The History around an Essex House: 
‘Hopwells’, near Sible Hedingham Elphin and Brenda Watkin 

[This will be the annual Adrian Gibson Lecture. Adrian was HEARS President from 1992 until 2006. He was a distinguished expert and consultant on the vernacular buildings of Essex and Hertfordshire in addition to being an inspiring and much loved teacher.] 

Friday 26 April  
Recent Advances Related to Dendrochronology
Martin Bridge 

Friday 24 May   
Annual General Meeting 
Preceded by talk on ‘Medieval Fortified Manor Houses’ by David Stevenson 


We organize a summer programme of visits and events and you do not need to be a member to join or attend our meetings.

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

In 2001 it 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. 

The Society meets once a month from October to May in Loughton.  Meetings deal with all aspects of the history of buildings, including traditional buildings. 

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

During the summer months, visits are organized to places of interest, including to buildings not generally open to the public. 

HEARS has strong links with the Essex Historic Buildings Group (based in Chelmsford) and with members of the WEA. It is affiliated to the Essex Society for Archaeology and History and to the Vernacular Architecture Group (VAG). 

Visitors are very welcome at our meetings. There is a small charge for non-members, currently £2-50 per head (including refreshments).

If you would like to keep up with the news please send an email to hears12@aol.com to be added to our mailing list and don't forget to join our facebook page. 

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