Books for sale via Essex 100

This shows the jacket images for books available for sale by post through Essex 100.

The first publishing venture of the Hadleigh and Thundersley Community Archive (H&TCA) was in 2013. Using funds from the HLF programme “All Our Stories” we created Hadleigh Postcard Memories (HPM) to showcase Robert Nichols unique collection of postcards enhanced by his personal commentary.

By selling HPM at an accessible price, we were able to maintain our Not-for-Profit programme of archive activities and in 2014 were also able to publish Chris Worpole’s Tales out of School about the Hadleigh National School.  This is a more specialised book, recently reprinted and also available as an e-book. There is a related Teaching Pack which could become a key legacy as education continues to evolve in England and elsewhere.

In 2015, the Archive editorial team tackled the substantial challenge of Robert Hallmann’s book on Thundersley and Daws Heath, comprising over 200 pages and abundantly illustrated through the combined research of author and archive editors.    In addition to the normal softback format, we made a limited edition hardback edition and held the price down to a level where many in the community could afford to buy a copy, whilst still balancing the Archive’s not-for-profit finances.   Not surprisingly, both soft back and hardback versions sold out!

The following books are available through these links to Essex 100

Hadleigh Postcard Memories   

Thundersley Postcard Memories    

Tales out of School  

The Harveys

Hadleigh Salvation Army Colony Railway

The Choppens   History of a Hadleigh Family

The Ancient Parish of Thundersley

Of course, we have no idea, now, what will interest people in (say) 100 years. But we do know that this is the first time in history when our whole community can preserve coherent oral, photographic and documentary memories of the times they lived through.  Though many historic buildings have been lost, the voice of the community will live on, through these and other books and the Archive which nurtured them.

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