The “few” who died in the Battle of Britain 70 years ago are commemorated in new historical journal

PUBLISHED: 16:20 20 September 2010

Saffron Walden Historical Journal cover

Saffron Walden Historical Journal cover

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THE brave airmen who died in the Battle of Britain, and who are now buried in Saffron Walden Cemetery, are commemorated in the latest release of the town’s historical journal.

THE brave airmen who died in the Battle of Britain, and who are now buried in Saffron Walden Cemetery, are commemorated in the latest release of the town’s historical journal.

Former town clerk, Malcolm White, has researched the stories of “the few” who lost their lives 70 years ago and has written an account for the Saffron Walden Historical Journal, which released last week.

It is the 20th issue of the journal since it was re-launched a decade ago and it also contains a major article about another anniversary - the 180 years since the first cultivation of the Windmill Hill allotments. Historian Jacqueline Cooper, who also edits the journal, describes the history of the allotments, the oldest in the town, which date back to the 1830s and came about as a way of damping down the threat of riot among the poor.

Saffron Walden Historical Journal, which costs £2.50 and is available at the Tourist Information Centre and the town’s Waitrose store, is full of other fascinating articles, including Geoffrey Ball’s research on the history of potato growing locally, and Bruce Munro’s memories of the Christmas Fatstock Show in the 1950s, as well as articles on local villages.

The journal is published by the Saffron Walden Historical Society and is also on sale at their meetings, which now take place on Wednesday evenings.


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