A book of previously-unpublished photographs tell the story of Saffron Walden from the 1850s to the present day.

Lost Walden was compiled by John Tennant and Martin Turnbull, with photos researched and selected from the collections held in the Gibson Library and Saffron Walden Museum.

The book celebrates the work of local photographers, from John Mallows Youngman - who was working as early as the 1850s - through to David Campbell, who chronicled Walden in the 1950s and 60s.

Saffron Walden Reporter: Lost Walden is available from Hart's BooksLost Walden is available from Hart's Books (Image: Celia Bartlett)

Authors John and Martin said: "The book contains no mayors or pillars of the establishment, no firemen, footballers or Freemasons.

"Lost Walden is not about personal achievement, however notable; it is about the town itself.

"In spite of the absence of portraiture, we see not just buildings and streets but how people have used them.

"Posters and shopfronts trumpet their wares, while architectural features leap into focus.

"Images have been selected entirely on photographic merit and never as mere anecdotal illustration. We invite the reader to enjoy these photographs in their own right."

There are no chapters, and instead photos are juxtaposed and sequenced in order to tell the town's story.

Lost Walden was launched at Hart's Books in King Street on Wednesday, October 11.


Judith Rich, who is in her 90s and has lived in Uttlesford all her life, was among those who attended the launch.

She said: "The book presents an incredible legacy of photographs - from the old swimming pool, where my children were taught to swim by the legendary Mr Edwards, to the Rose and Crown where my mother-in-law was booked in, but did not stay, on the night of that terrible fire.

"John and Martin love and know our precious place in North Essex as well as anyone.  Their book is a labour of love from beginning to end. 

"Its carefully-selected images have already brought a smile to many faces.  Every turn of a page brings a fantastic, sometimes very poignant, memory. 

"Compiled together, these photos tell Walden’s many stories of change more vividly than mere words ever could."

Copies of Lost Walden are available from Hart's Books.