Local history is not an inaccessible past…

The Essex local paper Saffron Walden Reporter have printed a review of my local history book about the town of Saffron Walden and its surrounding villages of Audley End, Littlebury, Wendens Ambo and Little & Great Chesterford, Saffron Walden and Around Through Time.

Saffron Walden Report - 24 September 2015

Saffron Walden Report – 24 September 2015, page 24
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Saffron Walden Report - 24 September 2015

Saffron Walden Report – 24 September 2015, page 25
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I particularly like the reporter, Abigail Weaving’s, final line about my book “In fact, as [Kate J] Cole demonstrates, a mere window frame, memorial in a churchyard or an engraving on a wall, are not signs of an inaccessible past, but of one that is very much part of Saffron Walden today.”  This, to me, absolutely sums up and clarifies local history; the past is a living, breathing organic “thing” that is all around us and just waiting for new generations of townsfolk to discover their past.  And, as Abigail Weaving implies, local history is not an inaccessible past, but part of our everyday present.

Pargetting of a stage coach, on the side of a house in 
Gold Street, Saffron Walden

Pargetting of an early nineteenth-century stage coach, on the side of a house in Gold Street, Saffron Walden.
History really is all around us.

Saffron Walden and Around Through Time

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You may also be interested in the following
– Saffron Walden Through Time
– Henry VIII and the looting of the monasteries
– Saffron Walden and Long Melford: Reading the Riot Act
– Witchcraft and Witches in Elizabethan Essex
– Witchcraft and witches in Essex: Part 1
– Witchcraft and witches in Essex: Part 2

You may also be interested in the following post, written about my Suffolk book
– Suffolk Voices Past: Sudbury, Long Melford and Lavenham Throught Time
Sudbury, Long Melford and Lavenham Through Time by Kate Cole

You may also be interested in the following posts, written during a book tour of my first local history book

Bishop's Stortford Through Time by Kate Cole

– Bishop’s Stortford Through Time: The postcards that got away
– Bishop’s Stortford and Local history
– Vintage postcards and local/family history
– Correlation between local and family history
– Teaching history to children
– Bishop’s Stortford Through Time: How to get your local history book published
– Bishop’s Stortford Through Time: The process of writing a local history book

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One Response to Local history is not an inaccessible past…

  1. Dad says:

    Well done KATE

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