Our History – ‘A Thousand Years of village news’
West Bergholt’s history might not be on the A-Level syllabus, but it certainly has plenty of interest; as local historian Jon Lander said in his book “A Thousand Years of Village News” some years ago:
West Bergholt has never been the site of a battle, Queen Elizabeth did not sleep at Bergholt Hall, there are no treaties or charters bearing its name.
People will tell you that nothing much has ever happened in our village, a sleepy little place in the shadow of Colchester. In fact, West Bergholt has a rich and exciting history of its own……
Much of this past that Jon Lander talks about can be found in this site. His articles, mostly sourced from the Bulletin, address diverse topics:
- Armoury Road – where did the road get its’ name from?
- Bergholt Sackville – why isn’t this the village’s name?
- Deported – the story of William Hawkins, West Bergholt to Australia.
- Fire Raisers – when the farmworkers were revolting n the 1840’s.
- Local Hero – The Queen’s Champion at the court of Henry VIII.
- Memories of mid-1930s – milk in jugs, cricket in the road & more.
- Model Railway – Fifty years and still going strong.
- Norman Conquest – Normans arrived in the village in 1067.
- Orpen Close – Named for Osmond George Orpen.
- People, Priests & Problems – The most comprehensive collection of articles going through the ages from Saxon to 20th Century.
- Rose Growing – Prominent man & winner of a National award.
- St Mary’s – Excavation at Old Church.
- Stubborn Rector – Another resident, another Queen!
- Village Shop Memories – Memories from 1950’s and a reunion.
- Wartime Occupation – World War 2 – first the evacuees and then troops.
Other articles include:
- Review of the 1911 Census information – who were our forebears?
- Daniell & Sons Brewery – history of a family business that became part of the Truman brand.
If the subject interests you, you may also be interested in the West Bergholt History Group.
For access to various historic census, polls & other historic documents you could also try visiting
Oddly, the National Library of Scotland has digitised a number of historic maps and offer a useful utility to overlay different maps over the current reality; for example, below is a 1900(ish) OS map overlaying a current satellite view. The History Group published an article about this site in May 2019.
Recent news items
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