Hadleigh Heritage Events 2023

Scheduled Talks for 2023

Wednesday 7th June 2023

Galleywood Historical Society
Keene Hall
Subject, Galleywood Races
with David Dunford

Friday 7th July 2023
South Benfleet WI
South Benfleet
Subject, The Strange History of Poets Corner at Westminster Abbey

Wednesday 19th July 2023
Blackwater Probus
Heybridge, Maldon
Subject: Battlefield Essex

Friday 28th July 2023
Chafford Hundred Probus Club
Subject, Essex Farm, Battlefield Essex

Wednesday 2nd August 2023
Ingrebourne Probus Club
Subject, Snatched from Essex

Wednesday 13th September 2023
Iceni Sisters
Waltham Abbey Town Hall
Subject, The Riddle of Boudica

Thursday 12th October 2023
Great Baddow Horticulture Society
Great Baddow
Subject. Snatched from Essex

Wednesday 18th October
Rochford Ladies Probus Club
Subject, The Strange History of Poets Corner at Westminster Abbey

Thursday 7th December
Tiptree U3A
Subject, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West

with David Dunford

Scheduled Talks for 2024

Thursday 2nd March 2024
Hedingham Heritage Society
Castle Hedingham
Subject. The Riddle of Boudica

Thursday 4th April 2024
Tiptree U3A
Subject: The Riddle of Boudica

Wednesday 8th May 2024
Theydon Bois Men’s Club
Theydon Bois
Subject: The Riddle of Boudica

New Talk

The Riddle of Boudica

The Roman occupation of Britain lasted over 350 years. In AD 60, seventeen years after the Romans arrived, Queen Boudica led an uprising which resulted in the destruction of Colchester, London and St Albans. The rebellion was short lived and resulted in a harsh crackdown.
Yet in later years Roman rule was interrupted by several uprisings and incursions by the ‘natives’. In AD 185 part of the occupying Roman Army mutinied and 100 years later the Roman Commander Marcus Aurelius Carausius proclaimed himself Emperor of an independent Britain. Yet, in turn, the insurrections were supressed, the mutiny put down, the usurper overthrown and Roman rule returned to more or less normal.
Yet, despite of all the upheavals in the British Isles during Rome’s long tenure, it is only Boudica who is especially remembered.
This illustrated talk explores the ‘facts’ of Boudicca’s rebellion so far as it is known and examines the resultant Heritage, Legacy and Mythology grown up around it.

For a list of topics see our entry on Public Speakers Corner
Andrew Summers | Public Speakers in the UK (


* Local History Books * Interesting Essex Photographs * Video Shorts and so much more.
From Harwich to Waltham Abbey, from the River Lea to Purfleet and Upminster to Southend-on-Sea and all in between, including the parts of Essex now in London.

For further details, e-mail or
telephone 01702 557828


(an interactive illustrated talk see poster below)

Essex Hundred Publications. Books, written, designed and printed in Essex. Available from bookshops nearby, book wholesalers, direct from the publisher or online.