Historic Baldock Events

A key aspect of the Baldock Festival is to look back at the history of Baldock over the years.

The following events are on during the festival:

May
5
Sat
2018
Champagne Afternoon ‘Tea’ @ United Reformed Church, Whitehorse Street, SG7 6QQ
May 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Baldock and Clothall WI are providing a traditional homemade Champagne Afternoon Tea where you will be served tea or coffee, plus a glass of champagne.

Your afternoon tea stand will consist of sandwiches with a variety of fillings, freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream plus a selection of pastries and cakes.

Tickets are not available to buy on the door so please buy in advance from the Community Centre.

May
6
Sun
2018
The Motor Trade in Baldock 1910-1950 @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A well-illustrated display about garages, cars and the open road in the heyday of motoring. Visitors will also have the opportunity to look through albums of old photographs of Baldock.

 

The Historic Back Lanes of Baldock @ Meet outside Community Centre, Simpson Drive, 2.15pm for 2.30 start
May 6 @ 2:15 pm

Jane Havercroft will take you on a 2 hour, 1.5 mile stroll around the back lanes and footpaths in the town centre to discover their history. All on tarmac so accessible to most mobility scooters; possibly too much traffic for small children and dogs. This popular walk was sold out last year so it has been decided to repeat it to give those who missed it a chance to take part this year.

Meet outside Community Centre, Simpson Drive, 2.15pm for 2.30 start

Also on Monday 7th May and Sunday 13th May

May
7
Mon
2018
The Historic Back Lanes of Baldock @ Meet outside the Community Centre
May 7 @ 10:15 am

Meet outside Community Centre, Simpson Drive, 10.15am for 10.30 start (NB: This is a morning walk)

Jane Havercroft will take you on a 2 hour, 1.5 mile stroll around the back lanes and footpaths in the town centre to discover their history. All on tarmac so accessible to most mobility scooters; possibly too much traffic for small children and dogs. This popular walk was sold out last year so it has been decided to repeat it to give those who missed it a chance to take part this year.

Also on Sunday 6th and 13th May

Historical Walk to Clothall Church @ Meet at the corner of Limekiln Lane & South Road
May 7 @ 2:15 pm

Meet at the corner of Limekiln Lane & South Road at 2.15pm for a 2.30 pm start.

The walk will follow the ancient Maltman’s Way, pointing out the historical landscape and touching on farming and the wool trade. It will finish in Clothall Church with its medieval ‘bird window’ and inscriptions. The walk will be about 3½  miles and is not suitable for small children, buggies or dogs.

May
8
Tue
2018
A year in the life of Arthur James Purfield (Battle of Loos talk) @ Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 8 @ 6:30 pm

 

September 1915 saw the start of one of the greatest battles of the First World War – the Battle of Loos.

Jim Purfield enlisted in Hitchin in September 1914 and returned to his native Kent to join his local battalion. He kept a daily diary for the next year, and from this, his Battalion records and official war records, we tell the story of his year which included the decimation of his battalion at Loos

In this illustrated talk we follow the personal record of this young man, who, along with thousands of others, was drawn into the hell of that war.

Venue open at 6:30pm, talk starts at 7pm

The Old Shops of Baldock Quiz at the Orange Tree @ The Orange Tree, Norton Road, SG7 5AW
May 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Take a tour of the old shops of Baldock, in a light-hearted quiz with loose connections to these delightful old buildings.

A fun evening with a historical and educational side!

Cash prizes.

May
9
Wed
2018
The Motor Trade in Baldock @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 9 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

A well-illustrated display about garages, cars and the open road in the heyday of motoring. Visitors will also have the opportunity to look through albums of old photographs of Baldock.

See also Sunday 6th May and Wednesday 16th May

May
11
Fri
2018
Baldock’s Voices @ Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 11 @ 2:30 pm

An afternoon organised around the two books, Baldock Voices and Baldock Scrapbook, which were compiled from interviews with people in Baldock in the 1990s. A wealth of detail on Baldock going back almost a century, with readings and photographs.

May
13
Sun
2018
Rubbish or Treasure? @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Roman Pot FragmentsPot Fragments

NHDC archaeologist Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews will be available to identify any odds and ends you have found in your garden or elsewhere. Metal detectorists welcome. The Museum is also open for normal viewing with the chance, perhaps, to see a treasure being brought in!

 

The Historic Back Lanes of Baldock @ Meet outside the Community Centre
May 13 @ 2:15 pm

Meet outside Community Centre, Simpson Drive, 2.15am for 2.30 start (NB: This is a morning walk)

Jane Havercroft will take you on a 2 hour, 1.5 mile stroll around the back lanes and footpaths in the town centre to discover their history. All on tarmac so accessible to most mobility scooters; possibly too much traffic for small children and dogs. This popular walk was sold out last year so it has been decided to repeat it to give those who missed it a chance to take part this year.

Also on Sunday 6th and Monday 7th May

May
14
Mon
2018
Baldock’s missing centuries: from 550 to 1146AD @ Baldock Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street SG7 6AR
May 14 @ 7:45 pm

North Hertfordshire’s archaeologist, Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, will be looking at what happened to the site of the old town following its abandonment by the Romans, trying to work out where everyone went and why it’s not apparently recorded in Domesday Book. He will look at archaeological evidence, place names and what few documents survive from the period.

 

May
16
Wed
2018
The Motor Trade in Baldock @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 16 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Last chance to see this display!

A well-illustrated display about garages, cars and the open road in the heyday of motoring. Visitors will also have the opportunity to look through albums of old photographs of Baldock.

See also Sunday 6th May and Wednesday 16th May

May
19
Sat
2018
Baldock Street Fair @ Baldock High Street, SG7 6AX
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Baldock Street fair is one of the must attend days in the Calendar, with stalls and free shows down the high street and around town.

Fifty craft and local charity stalls (with many stallholders in costume!) to celebrate the Royal Wedding. Free drinks will be available for those who dress up to celebrate the Royal Wedding. Visit the Festival Stall for a free drinks voucher. (While Vouchers last)

The Baldock Street Fair Highlights Throughout the day:

  • Tricky Micky’ will be giving five 30-minute performances which will include a Punch and Judy show, Magic Show and Ronnie Rabbit Puppet.
  • LEG II AVG – A leading Roman living history group, who have done countless TV Documentaries and provided props for film and TV, will be setting up camp in the High Street for the day.  Their latest documentary with which they were involved – Epic Warrior Women Gladiatrix – won an award at Cannes for best historical accuracy and re-enactments.  Come and meet fiercesome gladiators and soldiers!
  • Fairground rides. James Harris will again be bringing his fairground rides to delight the children.
  • School Choirs from Hartsfield JMI School and St John’s Catholic Primary School will perform during the day. There will also be traditional maypole dancing from Hartsfield School.
  • Zumba display in the arena too.
  • Pupils for the Andrews School of Dance will be performing

During the day judges will be visiting all the stalls to choose the one they think has most entered into the spirit of the day by dressing up to represent a period of Baldock’s past, and awarding a cash prize.

Events in the Community Centre @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive, SG7 6DH
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

(Sponsored by Baldock Community Association.)

Large Hall
Baldock Society
The Baldock Society will display old photos of Baldock in the Community Centre as part of the Street Fair. Come and find out more about the Society and what they have achieved for Baldock over the past year.

Baldock Country Market

Normally found at The Cock on a Friday morning,  Baldock’s local friendly Country Market will be in the Community Centre with locally made cakes, cookies, jams, fresh seasonal vegetables and free range eggs as well as hand-made crafts.

Tracey’s Kitchen
You will also be able to buy jacket potatoes, ploughman’s lunches etc at lunchtime in the large hall. The bar will also be open.

Refreshments
Tea and coffee will be available in the coffee bar from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Roman Baldock @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

New display looking at the history, trade and culture of the Roman town of Baldock based on the latest research; illustrated with finds from the numerous archaeological excavations that have taken place here. Display courtesy of NHDC Archaeology Department. Also second-hand history books for sale and an opportunity to look through albums of old Baldock photographs.

 

St. Marys Church Baldock – Tower Trips @ St. Marys Church, Hitchin Street, SG7 5AE
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Weather permitting

Children must be over eight years of age and, if under 16 years, must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Sensible footwear must be worn. All proceeds to Church Restoration Funds. The main area of the church will also be open for free for people to look round.

Subject to weather there may also be additional events taking place – see facebook.com/StMaryTheVirginBaldock for more info.

May
20
Sun
2018
Roman Baldock, also the last chance to see The Motor Trade in Baldock @ Baldock Museum, Old Town Hall, Hitchin Street entrance
May 20 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

New display looking at the history, trade and culture of the Roman town of Baldock based on the latest research; illustrated with finds from the numerous archaeological excavations that have taken place here. Display courtesy of NHDC Archaeology Department. Also second-hand history books for sale and an opportunity to look through albums of old Baldock photographs.

Also the last chance to see The Motor Trade in Baldock

Also on May 19th

 

May
24
Thu
2018
Powering Victorian London @ Baldock Community Centre, Simpson Drive
May 24 @ 8:00 pm

Powering Victorian London: the use of steam-powered hydraulics in the docks, industry and other surprising places.

Baldock Museum & Local History Society talk by Anthony King of H.M. Tower of London

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