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COVID-19 and access to our books and archive.

We ARE open for business as normal. We carry the bulk of our stock at home and are able to provide a quick response to orders and enquiries. Should you find difficulties navigating the site and placing an order please email us at: admin@walthamabbeyarchive.com

September 2020: We are trialing gift cards of some of our photographs as a number of people have requested them. A few examples are available for viewing at the Waltham Abbey Tourist Information Centre. You can also access and order cards through the Waltham Abbey Archive section of my 'Love From The Artist' website:


Reflections of the Past celebrates through old photographs the social history of Waltham Abbey, a small and proud west Essex market town.
It drew on Ray's extensive knowledge of the town and on his remarkable collection of photographs and memorabilia.
The Ray Sears Collection came out of a desire to celebrate and share the photographic history of the town. It is an ever expanding mixture of personal and donated photographs.
This site is also the home of the King Harold School photograph archive.

You can order our publications online directly through this site via the 'Publications' link at the top of this page.
You can also search our data-base of images by accessing the collection through the 'Gallery' link.

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Raymond Sears
Raymond Sears. 1930 - 2017
Ray was born and lived in Waltham Abbey all his life. His interest in local history and collection of old photographs and memorabilia are legendary. He staged exhibitions regularly in the town, and has published a number of books based on his collection, some of these in collaboration with Jonathan. Ray's final collaboration with Jonathan 'Waltham in Wartime' was published in May 2018.
Jonathan Foster
Jonathan Foster
Jonathan was born in Bristol and taught art and photography in Waltham Abbey at King Harold School between 1980 and 2013. His collaboration with Ray has resulted in a number of highly successful photographic exhibitions, and the joint publication of the ‘Reflections of the Past’ series.
Then and Now Images
Our Publications
Waltham Abbey
Reflections of the Past
Waltham Abbey
Echoes of the Past
Waltham Abbey
Reflections of the Past, Book Two
Waltham Abbey
Waltham Abbey
Reflections of the Past Pubs and Inns
Waltham Abbey
Waltham Abbey - Reflections of the Past - King Harold School
Waltham Abbey
Waltham Abbey - Then and Now
Waltham Abbey
Waltham in Wartime
Waltham Abbey