Foreword by the President of the Society, Major J G S Brinson, F.S.A., F.A.M.S.
The Society came into being in a more spacious and a more leisured age; its originally declared objectives were "to furnish facilities for antiquaries and afford opportunities of meeting." For the first fifty years, membership tended to be restricted to the squire, to the gentry in general, and to those memorable figures in 18th and 19th century archaeological studies, the parson-antiquaries: the pursuits of archaeology and local history rested in the hands of a few. For the greater part of the latter half of the 19th century the total subscribing membership of the Society did not rise far above 200, although in the last decade of that century it increased to 300 and then to 350. In the first half of the 20th century, virtually coincident with the second fifty years of the Society, there came a gradual change. This half-century saw the advent and rise of the professional archaeologist, to whom the initiative in research has now largely, though not entirely, passed. In the same period, together with the quiet and imperceptible tide of social revolution in this country, the full extent of which is apparent only in retrospect, there came the general spread of education. These influences jointly brought about a larger potential membership of Societies such as ours, and it is interesting to study our membership figures during this period, for by these the health and fortunes of the Society may be judged.
Excavations in Lewis’s Gardens, Colchester, 1955 and 1958: Miss K M Richardson, M.A., F.S.A.
Blunt’s Hall, Witham: D H Trump, M.A., Ph.D.
Medieval and Later Pottery from Stockwell Street, Colchester: Bryan P Blake, J G Hurst & L H Gant
Contents Part 2 (1962) pages 57-170
Settlements of the Iron Age and Pagan Saxon Periods at Linford, Essex: K L Barton
Stone Coffin found at Wix Abbey: Bryan P Blake
Little Waltham Church Goods, c.1400: Brian C Smith, M.A.
An account of Wallwood, Leytonstone: Frederick Temple
Excavation of an Iron Age and Roman site at Chadwell St Mary, Essex: W H Manning
Excavation of the Battle Ditches, Saffron Walden, 1959: Alison Ravetz, M.A. & Gillian Spencer, M.A.
Robert, Second Earl of Warwick and the payment of Ship-money in Essex: Violet A Rowe
Archaeological Notes: John Hunton, Quaker: F Temple Richard Hutchinson Chocolate Pot: L E Dansie, J.P., F.S.A. Notes on the Romano-British Archaeology of Chelmsford and District: E E Barritt & B M Kettle Roman Finds at Rainham: J G O’Leary, F.S.A., F.L.A. Fanshawe Manuscripts: J G O'Leary, F.S.A., F.L.A. Opening of Museums at Great Bardfield, Canvey Island and Braintree: L H Gant
Contents Part 3 (1964) pp.171-218
A Roman Settlement at Pebmarsh: J P Smallwood, M.A.
The Essex Fees of the Honour of Richmond: W R Powell, B.Litt., M.A., F.S.A.
The Essex entries in the Inquisitio Eliensis: R Weldon Finn, M.A.
Hezekiah Haynes - Cromwell’s Major General for the Eastern Counties: W L F Nuttall, D.F.C., Ph.D., M.A.
The turbulent Vicar of Writtle: A D Carr, B.A.
Archaeological Notes: - Excavations at Bradwell Lodge, 1962 - Retirement of Mr M R Hull, M.A., F.S.A., F.M.A. - Appointment of new Curator to Colchester and Essex Museum - Appointment of Miss Susan Davis to Guildhall Museum, London - Romano-British Finds at Little Waltham - Bee Hive Quern found at Little Waltham - Thetford and St Neots ware found at Little Waltham - Romano-British burial group found at Chelmsford - Brass of Robert Barfoot, at Lambourne - palimpsests described
Contents Part 4 (1965) pp.231-266
Brook House Farm, Chigwell: W S Phillips
The Manors of Tolleshunta: H Malcolm Carter
Interim Report on the distribution of the Puddingstone Quern: E A Rudge, M.A., Ph.D.
Early Essex Clergy: P H Reaney, Litt.D., Ph.D., F.S.A.
The rise and fall of the Adam Church at Mistley: John Morley, M.A.
Archaeological Notes: - Roman building at St Osyth: Bryan P Blake - Archbishop Harsnett: His surname and its origins: P H Reaney, Litt.D., Ph.D., F.S.A. - Iron Age site at Ardleigh: Bryan P Blake - An Early Medieval Grave Slab found at Wix Abbey: Lawrence Butler - The Broomfield Dragon: B M Kettle - Excavations at Great Easton: John E Sellers - Roman Pottery found at Canvey Island: Warwick J Rodwell - 13th Century Pottery found at Stisted: E E S