History Society Walk (July 2023) - UNDER DEVELOPMENT

On 29th July 2023 a guided history walk was organised by the History Society. The route was from Stansted to Fairseat via Coldharbour and back again after a short break for refreshments in Fairseat Chapel; a rather hilly 4 miles. The group visited graves in St Mary’s churchyard including the Hohlers, Willam Hickson and the Waterlows, WW2 memorials to The One Behind The Church and to Colin Francis, the Saxon earthworks and the Rodney Sheldon memorial bench. In Fairseat we were welcomed to Court House by the Sheldons and to Fairseat Manor by the Nelsons. Forty three people took part, the weather was kind and five year old Oliver Burrowes did a fine job showing everyone various historic photos relating to various events and places on the route.

The following photo gallery contains a selection of images taken during the walk and the section after is an article summarising the talks given, including selected video footage.

St Mary’s Churchyard

In the churchyard the group visited the graves of the Hohler family, William and Jane Hickson, and the Waterlow family. A few words were said about Sir Gerald Fitzroy Hohler, Edward Hohler (Fred Hohler’s father) and Sir Gerald’s brother, Frederick and his wife Frances.

Sir Gerald lived at Court Lodge until he died in 1934. He was the son of Henry Holher of Fawkham Manor. He was a lawyer and became MP for Chatham, then Gillingham. He donated the land for the war memorial and also along with his brother commissioned the statue from a prominent sculptor in Budapest. It is notable that his grave has a clear view down to the war memorial. The Court Lodge estate was split up and sold in 1942.

Notes: An article on Court Lodge is available from the ‘Landmarks & Places of Interest’ section which can be found under the ‘Places’ page of the website.  Articles on Sydney Waterlow, William Hickson, and Sir Gerald Holher can be found under the ‘People’ page.

Video footage of Dick Hogbin in the churchyard of St Mary’s, Stansted, relating the remarkable life and history of Agnes Hamilton, the mother of Sir Sydney Waterlow’s second wife, Margaret, is available via the following link: Stansted Churchyard – Waterlow graves