Old Images of Halstead, Essex

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Old photo postcard of High Street Halstead Essex 1954

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

Historic Book

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
musician .

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 .

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By Debbie Death

Debbie has enjoyed books, films, and documentaries about history for more than 30 years. On days off from work her favourite trips with friends and family are to museums, historic houses, and archaeological sites, or just walking around interesting streets admiring the old buildings.