Wickford and Runwell History Day

12th October 2013

David De’ath hosted Wickford and Runwell history day at Christchurch Hall. On show were “finds” discovered at Beauchamps (School) dig in the 1960s and loaned by Southend Museum, and other Roman pots found by David in and around the area. His large collection of historical maps were also on show. Any profits from the day were donated to the Brain Tumour Trust. He invited Wickford Community Archive to put on a display of photos covering the period 1886 to 2012.┬áBillericay Town Cryer announced the display all around central Wickford. If you were there you could not have missed him. Visitors began to arrived within minutes of him leaving the Hall.┬áDuring the day we must have had over 200 visitors, all seemed very interested and more than one older resident met friends they had not seen for some time. They were able to have a sit down, a cup of tea and a natter. ┬áThere were photos for all ages and modern ones for newcomers. Some of the photos had been paired “Then and Now”. We gave out many postcards with the Wickford History website address so hope that we will have many online visits in the coming months.

The first visitor is shown round
Jo Cullen
"Roman Finds" Found at Beauchamps School in late 1950s on loan from Southend Museum and from David's own collection
Jo Cullen
It gets busy
Jo Cullen
...and busier
Jo Cullen
...and busier
Jo Cullen
David and his helpers
Jo Cullen

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