With a population of around 12,000, Halstead is a market town in the north of Essex, about eight miles from the Suffolk border. It’s a very community spirited town and Halstead 21st Century Group is made up of very active residents who love our local heritage and open spaces.
We were galvanised into action in 2013 when a local woodland and heritage asset was threatened. It wasn’t long before we realised how much more built and natural heritage Halstead is home to - and how much of it is under threat. And so our small charity was formed to protect, preserve and promote as much of what's good as we can in our town and surrounding areas.
Over the years Halstead 21st Century Group has grown in size and significance and we’re now a registered charity.
National Lottery Heritage Funding
We're delighted to announce that the National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting our Readiness & Resilience project which includes the design of this website. Thank you National Lottery Fund Players!
Guest blogger, John Walmsley, a local historian and volunteer at Halstead Heritage Museum, shares some of his research about the extraordinary woman who funded some very notable local buildings - and how her generous spirit lived on after her death.