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The response from people who have purchased our book continues with pictures and stories of families who lived in Balsham in times past. Also, there have been requests to see if we can put flesh on the bones for people seeking information on their connection with Balsham. We help if it is possible.

It appears from a recent communication that during the early 1900’s whilst William and Ann PRINCE were living in London, Kenneth Grahame, author of Wind in the Willows was a close neighbour.

Various local organisations have been in contact requesting a talk on how the maps were reproduced for use in the book. Consequently, Seppe Cassettari was more than happy to oblige.

In February at a meeting of the Linton and District Historical Society, Seppe opened his talk based on the 1617 Charterhouse Map of Balsham, with its beautiful cartouches, stressing how fortunate we were to have not only this early map, but a copy produced later in 1791. This later map, produced in book form enabled the names of those working the strips of land throughout the parish to be transcribed and thus create a database; consequently producing a colourful modern version.

Using maps of Balsham throughout the centuries, it was also possible to produce a timeline of buildings to show the expansion of the village, again using different colours. Maps from 1801 - 2008 clearly shows the evolution of the village, with the greatest expansion coming during the 1960’s. An 1874 hand drawn map listed all the residents, which meant names could also be included.

Seppe was able to show just how accurate the 1617 map was by comparing it with a modern aerial survey. It is interesting to note many of the footpaths and by-ways used by walkers today can be traced back to the original 1617 map.

DON'T FORGET THE MEETING ON 19th FEBRUARY!

It is your chance to see how the original 1617 map of Balsham has been used and brought up to date, using modern technology showing the expansion of the village.

LINTON & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Tuesday 19th February 2019

at 7.30pm Linton Village Hall, Coles Lane, Linton

FOUR CENTURIES OF BALSHAM MAPS

DR. SEPPE CASSETTARI

COPIES OF THE ORIGINAL 1617 MAPS AND OTHER MAPS USED IN

‘BALSHAM, A VILLAGE STORY 1617 - 2017’ WILL BE BE ON DISPLAY.

Books will be on sale £10 per copy.

Long Overdue Update!

The deadlines we faced last year to enable publication to take place on time are a distant memory.  We are now in a position to support some of those who supported us during our project.

Firstly, the Balsham Tommy Fund to enable the purchase of a 'Tommy, there but not there' image as a permanent memorial to our men lost in the two wars.

Secondly, Linton & District Historical Society, will benefit with equipment to make it easier for speakers to present their programmes. For those interested herewith a list of our speakers for 2018/19.

Tuesday 18th September sees the welcome return of John Caldicott, on the work of the Coram Foundation (Foundling Hospital) the topic will be 'Unwed Mothers - Searching for Daisy.

Oct 16th  The Suffragettes - Mary Dicken

Nov 20th Heraldry with a local twist - Chloe Cockerill

Dec 18th Solving the housing problem - Janet Morris

Jan 15th More tales from the Tower (Bury St Edmunds) - Horry Parsons

Feb 19th Four centuries of Balsham maps - Seppe Cassettari

March 19th Essex Field Club - Fiona Hutchings

April 16th Cambridge Museum of Technology - Pam Halls

May 21st The Heffers story 1876-2017 - Julie Blounford

All meetings are held at Linton Village Hall 7.30pm. Guests and new members always welcome.

 

Talks, tea and cakes

On 27th May we welcomed guests from neighbouring counties as well as visitors closer to home who were keen to see how our four year project was undertaken.

Not all members of the team were able to attend, but those who were there explained their part in creating Balsham, a village story 1617-2017.  A visual presentation using the old and new maps was shown to great effect  As with all previous exhibitions we were delighted to hear that the photographs, documents and maps on display were  informative and interesting, with the added bonus of tea and cakes.

Balsham Feast Day is on 7th July, where we will also have a presence, and copies of the book will be available to purchase price £15.