VISTA- Ten A4 Landscape Prints in conjunction with Addenbrookes Arts – Oncology Dept Sept - Ongoing
We are One-Black and White print in conjunction with Saffron Walden Camera Club- The Exchange Gallery, Saffron Walden Library Nov-Dec
GURU-Small Press Winchester School of Art (Group Show)
REPRO- Café Royal Books: Repro Show Hanover Project University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Group Show-Nov-Dec
VISTA- Ten A4 Landscape Prints in conjunction with Addenbrookes Arts – Oncology Dept Sept - Ongoing
TimeTicksOn- Domestic in conjunction with Saffron Walden Town Library-Downstairs at the Saffron Walden Library- April-May
TimeTicksOn- Personal in conjunction with Saffron Walden Town Library-Downstairs at the Saffron Walden Library- April-May
TimeTicksOn- Social in conjunction with Saffron Walden Town Library-Downstairs at the Saffron Walden Library- April-May
TimeTicksOn- Industrial in conjunction with Saffron Walden Town Library-Downstairs at the Saffron Walden Library- April-May
VISTA- Ten A4 Landscape Prints in conjunction with Addenbrookes Arts – Oncology Dept Ongoing
Mill Road's Finest Hour - Cambridge Central Library - April 2017
I will be updating my blog on a monthly basis.
I am currently documenting events and traditions for my ongoing Saffron Walden Photography Archive.
The public face of Armistice or Remembrance day are the poppy sellers, a mix of civilians and the services giving their time to collect for the British Legion, they are out on the street or door to door for a week or so, then take part in parades, church services and wreath laying on the day.
Many give years of service and are rewarded by long service badges, these are worn with pride, the poppy an iconic symbol of the day and is incorporated into a massive range of products to help towards the cause.
Added November 21st 2014
Merry Old Plough Boys
Plough Monday is celebrated each year on the first Monday after Twelfth Night. This year 2015 it fell on January 12th. It is a tradition that was formed from necessity, years back when the land was the main form of employment, many villagers were reliant on it and it’s calendar, this time of the year was traditionally a time of farm layoffs and money was tight, so an idea was formulated to collect money and food from the village worthies, to see the workers through to better times in Spring.
A plough would be pulled through the streets by a team of the best ploughman of the village, they would dress in their best clothes and collect food and money, though observed in many villages in the east, it is a custom that has largely died out in the East Anglia.
Balsham a village in Cambridgeshire has stuck to this tradition and it is alive and well today.
The Balsham Ploughmen are bunch of mostly agricultural workers who dress In the traditional farm workers dress of years ago and pull the plough though the village, raising money for charity. The tradition has come and gone and its many revivals include one in the fifties and the current one which started in 1972.
The group meet at their HQ on West Wicken Road, along with many villagers for a chat and meeting with old friends. This year The Cambridge Morris Men performed a dance before the plough sets off around the village. To add to the procession, an old English tradition of a man dressing as a woman is observed, proceedings are controlled by the Squire who dresses in his best morning suit and top hat, music is provided by a bugle played badly. Put it all together and you have quite a sight, with a group of men pulling the plough lead by hand held fires and the cry of ‘pity the poor ole ploughboy’.
Plough Boys disperse into the night collecting door to door all around the village, then as if by magic they appear to congregate at the first stop. In the middle of a housing estate a crowd is waiting for them, entertainment is provided by the Cambridge Morris Men dancing on someone’s drive, to a tune played on a penny whistle. Its open house to all that come with food and drink served, other stops include the Manor House, Black Bull and Bell Public Houses. The Plough Monday celebrations then carry on into the night.
Added January 19th 2015
My work from the Vista project has been featured in the March 2015 edition of Essex Life magazine.
Added March 13th 2015
'Terry Ward Photographic Archive of Saffron Walden' and the new Flickr Group 'Saffron Walden Archive'.
Many years ago a local photographer documented the everyday life of Saffron Walden, he's name was David Campwell. He's photographic collection is held at the Saffron Walden Town Library. It totals many thousands of images and is a great record of the town from the fifties to the eighties. Influenced by this collection I have decided to create the 'Terry Ward Photographic Archive of Saffron Walden'. I have been documenting the town and the gradual change from market to dormitory town, along with many other subjects for five years. This collection which totals many thousands will gradually be made into prints for public study. I have decided to create a Flicker group called 'Saffron Walden Archive' where I will be posting around five images a week from the same collection for all to see.
Added April 23rd 2015
The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition August 2015
The event is held at the Royal Academy of Arts building in Piccadilly. It is part of ‘The Season’ (a group of events attended by upper classes as part of their social calendar). The RA has held the show since1769. It is unique as it is an ‘open submission show’, this creates an eclectic vibe. This year many of the galleries were painted in bright colours, which in my option enhanced the show no end. With entries from Tracey Emin to Harry Hill there was something for everyone.
Added 21st August 2015
Depth of Feeling Talk
Added 9th September 2015
Added 16th November 2015
I am talking about my photographic archive of Saffron Walden soon. All are welcome
Added January 4th 2016
Added 1st April 2016
Added 26th April 2016
Saffron Walden's Second Railway
In 1964 the Saffron Walden Railway closed, one of the many branch lines axed by Beeching as part of the 1963 Report The Reshaping of British Railways. Most of the infrastructure was removed over the next few years.
Many relics of this quite little branch line remain.
1. The station building has now been converted into two private residences in Jordan Close.
2. Many of the road names in and around various developments off Station Road have railway connections.
3. Acrow Halt, a station built and designed for workers using the Coronation Works on Ashdon Road, still exists in the undergrowth east of Ridgeons.
4. Ashdon Halt, down Fallowden Lane is an old abandoned railway carriage, this was the basis for a station to serve the village, opened in 1911 it was an idea promoted by the owner of Ashdon Hall.
But what is not so well known is that Saffron Walden had another railway of sorts.
Along Thaxted Road on the site of The Kilns development stood a cement works, started in 1879
It was run by Dix Green & Co until 1906; the next local concern to work there was Bell and Sons until 1913.
The site was sold in 1923 as a Portland Cement, Lime and Whiting Works, H E Rooke & Sons then started running the site.
Over the years other users of the site were an engineering firm and scrap yard.
As part of the cement making process chalk and clay is needed, in the area there were large supplies of both. The chalk was present within the cement works site, but the clay was over a mile away up Shire Hill to the east.
It was decided by Dix & Green to install a small gauge pony pulled railway, this was an ideal way of transporting raw materials which would eventually be made up into cement.
The tramway was used for many years and is on the 1921 OS map, it started at the cement works and climbed up towards Shire Hill, to two clay pits. Eventually the system became quite big with a spur running into the largest clay pit, another one passing into a chalk pit to the south of the works with a passing place and to the north a small internal system of tracks servicing the main works.
With the closure of the cement works and the Second World War looming the tracks would have become redundant, it is not known when they were lifted or removed. The path was known as Cement Works Lane by some locals, now it is known simply as byway 18.
A route popular with the public completely oblivious to its former use.
The two cottages above were built approximately one hundred and twenty years ago sited at the head of the path run east from Thaxted Road, they are thought to be associated with Mr T A Catlin and at the time were known locally as Catlin’s Cottages.
Built for workers in the area, they were in use for many years, on later OS maps
the properties are known as Cement Works Cottages. During the Second World War these properties were used by Fighter Command as part of the war effort. There are records of the cottages then becoming occupied, as private residences up until at least the mid-eighties, by then they were now named Highbank and Hillview.
During a fire some years ago one of the cottages was severely damaged, on inspection the cottage was condemned, left boarded up and derelict for some years. By 2014 the site had been purchased for redevelopment, the cottages were demolished and the area cleared completely by July of that year.
The redevelopment of this part of Thaxted Road is nearly complete and its industrial heritage has all but disappeared.
Added 21st June 2016
Take a Trip lecture
Added 19th September 2016
Added 9th November 2016
Added 23rd Jan 2017
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Image added 5th April 2017
Beatzonez on Mixcloud
Ever since I was young I would always like to play music. I used to make pretend radio shows using my dad’s records. Sandy Nelson Let There be Drums and Its Late by Ricky Nelson were among my favourites. In those days you only heard music on the radio, if your dad played some of his records or on Top of the Pops. So to have some control over what you heard was magical. After years of djing and record collecting I decided it was time to get serious and make proper ‘radio programmes’ to be uploaded to the internet. I used a great program called Cute DJ to make them, it’s simple to use with great features. So after many hours of experimenting, digging into my musical knowledge and collecting trax I have come up with an on going series called ‘Beatzonez’ a mix of music from trap to 70’s rock from donk to 80’s pop and beyond.
New technology creates the freedom to mutate and blend tracks into one another, creating soundscapes sometimes at different BPM and push the boundaries of what’s possible with the drum and the bass. The results are posted on Mixcloud for all to hear. I like to post one a month so see what you think……..It’s the future!
During the passing of time, the landscape around us changes, reflecting subtle environmental and historical effects of human and natural influences.
Terry Ward has studied various sites in North Essex, an a district that is dominated by arable farming, he focuses on areas that have direct human connections that have all but disappeared, but somehow hold on to their past spirit.
One area that is focused on is The Slade watercourse in Saffron Walden. Though dry in summer, at times the steam can well up and flood the surrounding lands. It starts its life as a network of flood ditches, moving south and fusing together to create a chalk stream meandering its way through the intensively farmed fields, culverted and canaled through Saffron Walden to end its days at The Cam on the formal Audley End Estate.
Old footpaths and meadows are another source of inspiration for Terry. Down Lane and The Meadow in Little Walden are of particular interest. The former footpaths name and use is lost to antiquity, but being on a former route from farm to house, it must have been travelled along many times, and must of held up as route of some importance to the local community.
The later has been left as a grass meadow, which is very rare in this area; whist all around has been put to the plough for what reason we do not know.
He revisits these places throughout the year reflecting the change and at times their former uses... This in turn creates a legacy for these areas in photographs; the longer the area is studied the stronger its legacy is reflected. The images are deliberately shot in a quiet and completive manner. The plates are all in colour as to reflect subtle light changes on show. The flora adds to the colour palette and makes an important contribution to the feeling of the body of work. As humans have controlled and moulded the landscape over the years, social and historical traits show themselves. Terry’s work encapsulates this fine balance between man, nature and time in the thought provoking landscapes captured.