During this period when we are nearly all staying at home to avoid contracting or spreading the Coronavirus, we hope this website may provide some distraction and pleasure. Perhaps now is the time to read or re-read the introductions to some of our individual parishes and notable people.
Fresh air and exercise are being encouraged, provided we stay clear of other folk: separation of at least 2 metres is recommended. We hope you can escape for a while into nearby countryside.
We have added new "Other Walks" to supplement the Station Walks which mostly involve a train journey so should be left until it is again safe to use public transport. If you can get out, please try the new walks. We will be adding to them regularly.
Most attractions are closed and most events have been cancelled or postponed. We have left their details on What's On with website links, etc. Events that do appear to be taking place, usually with special conditions, are shown in blue. If an attraction appears to be still open or an activity still taking place, we recommend you check with their website before making a special journey. We look forward to reporting when places plan to reopen.
Please select one of the sections from the menu on the left. If this is your first visit, we recommend that you start with the Introduction. If you like what we are doing, please support us by going to the Membership section where you can apply to join the Hundred Parishes Society at a cost of only £10 a year for a household or organisation. Members receive monthly emails with news, snippets of local history and suggested activities that are consistent with the Society's aims.
We encourage you to return regularly to this website, perhaps to read about another parish or notable person or look for an interesting walk, and in particular to check What's On. We hope you will be inspired to discover more about the Hundred Parishes and to explore this special area.
Members are welcome to copy the text and images on this website for personal use or to pass them on in the interests of spreading knowledge and understanding of the Hundred Parishes, but no content of this website may be used or reproduced for commercial purposes.
The What's On page is regularly updated for local events offering an opportunity to engage with heritage, culture or the outdoors generally. Please consider adding this page to your website Favourites.
Our Attractions pages list other regular opportunities, whilst our Walks from railway stations can be downloaded and enjoyed at any time.
The Society's first book The Hundred Parishes: An Introduction
The Society published its first book in 2018. It introduces readers to each of the Hundred Parishes with an outline of its history and a generous selection of photos depicting its heritage. In all, there are almost a thousand pictures. The 400-page hardback book costs £25 a copy. It can be viewed and purchased at the Tourist Information Centres in Bishop's Stortford, Saffron Walden or Thaxted, at Great Bardfield’s bookshop, Between The Lines, at Saffron Walden's Hart's Books, or by contacting the author Ken McDonald on either 01279 813226 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It can be delivered in the UK at a total cost of £32.
Can you identify the photo?
We regularly change the image on the right of the banner that appears at the top of each page of the website. The last photo was of the Guildhall, Thaxted.
If you have taken a good panorama photo that we might use, please email it to email@example.com .