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NEW! Coach Day Tour, Friday 31 May 2024: Tiptree Tearooms & Museum and visit to Ipswich

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Local History Records

The current issue of Local History Records, volume 111, should be with all members by now. Volume 112, for distribution around mid-February 2024, is already full, so submissions are invited for volume 113, the deadline for which will be around mid-May.

Two new Bourne Society publications

Sir Edward Banks (1770-1835) The man who constructed Rennie’s London bridges.
By Jon Grant and Ron Williams
Banks was involved in constructing bridges, dockyards, canals, prisons, Croydon town hall, etc., and is buried at St Margaret’s Church, Chipstead, where there is an attractive memorial to him. He was a remarkable man and his story is now told in full for the first time by Grant and Williams. The book is profusely illustrated in colour and is available for £10 plus £3 p&p with free delivery in Bourne Society area.

The Coulsdon Byron Family at Olden, Nordfjord: A Norwegian Family’s Journal and Photographic Record
By Nigel Elliott and Jens Brynestad
Edmund Byron, his wife Charlotte and the family were regular summer visitors to Olden in Norway between 1871 and 1913, staying for several weeks. The Byron archive has a rich collection of papers on their visits which are recorded in Nigel Elliott’s 2020 volume The Byrons of Coulsdon. What was lacking was any photo-graphic record or recollections from the local population, but thanks to the generosity of Jens Brynestad we not only have a splendid collection of photographs but also a translation of the journal of Anders (a longstanding assistant to Edmund) which had been inherited by Jens. This A4-size, 36-page softcover book, lavishly illustrated with 27 photographs, many in colour, is available from the Bourne Society for £6 plus £3 p&p with free delivery in Bourne Society area..