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Manuden and Berden History Society

The society was founded in Manuden in 1986 and merged with Berden in 2010.

Meetings are held at: 'The Bury Barn', Manuden, Essex every third Thursday of the month at 8 pm from September to May.

Membership is by subscription: Full 10 Seniors 8 Visitors 1.

WW1 Genealogy & War Memorial Renovation Project

We have completed the project including the renovation of the Manuden War Memorial. This was a Heritage Lottery Funded Project in partnership with Manuden Parish Council.

A full project report (pdf) may be downloaded here.


Berden and the First World War

Past Project - HEFA test digs in Manuden

On 4 and 5 April 2011 Manuden was visited by 28 secondary school students, aged between 12 and 16, from all over Essex as far afield as Canvey Island. Under the direction of Carenza Lewis from Cambridge University Department of Archaeology, previously a member of Channel 4's Time Team, the students dug test pits in seven gardens in village.
For more information, test pit results and photographs click here.

Research projects have included:

  • Churchyard Survey
  • Field Names Projects
  • Field Walking and Archaeology in the area
  • Oral History
  • Parish Map Project
  • Parish Record Computerisation
  • Photography and recording of Church Hassocks
  • Tithe Map Recording
  • Vernacular Architecture courses and
  • Recording of vernacular architecture in village
  • Manuden WW I Memorial research project
  • House History research project.


  • Sir William Waad, Lt. of the Tower and The Gunpowder Plot. 7 (Sir William lived in Manuden during the Elizabethan and Stewart period)
  • The Manor of Battles Hall, Manuden - the history of a manor - Price 3 plus postage
  • Manuden during the Second World War - Price 3 plus postage
  • Waterside School, Hassobury - a history - Price 2.50 + p.
  • Manuden Appraisal Report (in collaboration with the Parish Council) includes a short history of Manuden. Price 2 plus postage.
  • Manuden Church Leaflet - 40p available in church.
Exhibitions have been staged on Agricultural History and World War II.

Recent projects:

  • Domesday II Survey of Village
  • Photographic Exhibition - May 2000
  • Historical Re-enactment of village history by children - May 2000

FOR MORE DETAILS CONTACT:   Fiona is the official History Recorder for Manuden.


Fiona Bengtsen
Manuden History Recorder
Carina Stoyell
Clive Lane
Jeff Attfield
Committee Member
Mark Trapmore
Committee Member
Berden History Recorder
John Conder
Committee Member
Ann Gates
Committee Member
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