Saffron Walden Heritage Development Group has concluded its second project, which celebrated the town's link to the historic spice for which it was named.

The Saffron Story project, supported by the Heritage Fund, aimed to promote the town's long connection with the cultivation and marketing of saffron as an attraction for both visitors and residents.

As part of the project, a leaflet was published describing the history of saffron in and around the town.

A board was put up on the Market Street wall of the town hall, illustrating the use of the spice in traditional medicine, as a dye and as a source of flavouring and colouring in food.


There were also walking tours around the town, and in a programme for Key Stage 2 pupils at R. A. Butler Primary School - which included practical experience of using saffron as a dye and as a golden ink.

The project culminated in Saffron Day, which was held on October 16.

The market place was given over to stalls selling saffron and celebrating its uses

Entertainment was provided by historic re-enactors, Thaxted Morris Men and musicians from Fairycroft House.

Whether Saffron Day will be held again depends on the level of support from the town.