Glimpse history through old images of Halstead, Essex, London.
Halstead in WW1
During the Great War, now known as World War I, a filmmaker recorded the Essex Girl Guides parade through Halstead’s High Street.
Essex Girl Guides – Consecration Of The Colours At Halstead (1914-1918) – British Pathé on YouTube
Mr Baldwin 1935
It’s a shame we don’t see where this meeting was held or the buildings around the large crowd. But it shows the Prime Minister making a speech in Halstead about preserving prosperity and permanent peace.
Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, KG, PC, PC (Can), JP, FRS (3 August 1867 – 14 December 1947) served as British prime minister on three occasions for Conservative governments:
- May 1923 to January 1924
- November 1924 to June 1929
- June 1935 to May 1937
Mr Baldwin addresses a crowd at Halstead (1935) – British Pathé on YouTube
Halstead in the 1990s
Twenty five minutes of a home movie captures the shops, businesses and homes of Halstead’s streets in the 1990s.
Halstead in the 90’s – Mick Brown on YouTube
Extract from: Leigh’s New Pocket Road-book of England and Wales …, by Leigh and Co
Published in 1840
Pages 339 – 340
HALSTEAD ( Essex ) , so called from two Saxon words ,
signifying healthy place , is situated on a rising ground , the
foot of which is washed by the Colne .
The Church ( St.
George ) contains several ancient monuments , and there is
a good Grammar – school .
At a house in this parish is a
curious Greek inscription , brought from Smyrna , where it
was erected 150 years before Christ , in honour of Crato , a
Par . Pop . 4637.
Inns ; George , King’s Arms .
About two miles from Halstead is Gosfield Hall , belong
ing to the Duke of Buckingham , an interesting specimen
of ancient architecture , containing , amongst other objects
worthy of notice , a gallery , called Queen Elizabeth’s , in
commemoration of her having twice visited this place , and
a curious stone chimney – piece , sculptured with a represen
tation of the battle of Bosworth Field , and small statues of
Henry VII . and his Queen .