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Welcome to the Bishop’s Stortford History Society website.

Bishop’s Stortford is in Hertfordshire, approximately 30 miles from London. Its recorded history stretches back to the Roman period when a small settlement was established. Currently (2018) it has approximately 39,000 inhabitants and continues to expand with new housing development particularly on the northern side of the town.

The history society was formed in 1955 and has a growing membership of upwards of 50 members. It meets for a programme of talks and films as well as occasionally for joint meetings with the Bishop’s Stortford Museum. Addditionally, trips to places of historic interest are organised.

Up until recently local history was the focus of the society. It is currently undergoing a change of direction and expanding its remit to encompass a broader historic landscape as well as developing its links with the Bishop’s Stortford Museum.

If you have an interest in any aspect of history and would like to come to our talks, join us on our trips or begin some research of your own we would be pleased if you would contact us.

Bishop’s Stortford History Society events are held approximately once a month.  Events that are currently scheduled are shown below.

DateTitleSpeaker
Date:
20 September
Title:
The Bishop’s Stortford Union Workhouse
Speaker:
Bill Hardy
Date:
18 October 2018
Title:
18th Century England
Speaker:
Ken Sneath
Date:
15 November 2018
Title:
Archaeological work in and around Bishop’s Stortford
Speaker:
John Duffy
Date:
20 December 2018
Title:
Xmas Dinner
(Venue: Rhodes Arts Complex, South Street, Bishop’s Stortford)
Speaker:
Date:
17 January 2019
Title:
Education and the Victorian Agricultural Poor
(Note this event has been moved from February 2019)
Speaker:
Tony Tuckwell
Date:
21 February 2019
Title:
Lost and Found: Journey to a Forgotten Railway
(Note this event has been moved from January 2019)
Speaker:
David Gridley
Date:
21 March 2018
Title:
Women in Medieval London
Speaker:
Dr Caroline Baron
Date:
18 April 2019
Title:
Hertfordshire and the Slave Trade
Speaker:
HALS
Date:
18 May 2019
Title:
AGM
Speaker:

Unless stated otherwise all talks will be held at Apton Centre, Apton Road, Bishop’s Stortford.