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Waltham Abbey Books

We are currently working on "Waltham In Wartime". This publication is the result of a collaboration between Ray Sears, Bryn Elliott and Jonathan Foster. The bulk of the text had been done by Ray before his passing. We plan to publish it in early Autumn 2017. We will keep you updated on it's progress on our 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.

CONTACT:
Should you wish to contact us about our publications, about placing an order, or if you are facing a problem with an order, please contact us via e-mail: admin@walthamabbeyarchive.com

Ray Sears 15/9/30 - 16/2/17
Thank you to the people of Waltham Abbey who suggested and organised for Ray's Cortege to pass along Sun Street, through the Market Square and Church Street for his last journey to the Abbey Church. He had a good send-off.
Thank you for the cards of sympathy, flowers and donations. It has meant a great deal to his family and friends.
Jonathan Foster & Myra Sears
Raymond Sears
Raymond Sears. 15/9/1930 - 16/2/2017
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.
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.
 
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Waltham Abbey
Reflections of the Past
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Echoes of the Past
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Reflections of the Past, Book Two
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Waltham Abbey
Chronology
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Reflections of the Past Pubs and Inns
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Waltham Abbey - Reflections of the Past - King Harold School
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Waltham Abbey - Then and Now
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