Sir Thomas Smith - New Book


Scholar, Statesman and Son of Saffron Walden
by Jeremy Collingwood


published by SWHS Publications
(part of the Saffron Walden Historical Society) 

A timely biography of an important figure, born in Saffron Walden almost 500 years ago, who rose to be Secretary of State to two Tudor monarchs. The many ups and downs of his career are explored in this new book, which also examines the lasting legacy of Sir Thomas Smith, the building of Hill Hall in Essex. The author has also produced other works of local history including a study of George Stacey Gibson, the town benefactor. The Smith book is Vol 3 in a series called SWHS Publications, which aims to put into the public domain works of historical research relating to Saffron Walden and NW Essex. Both author and editor give their services free, so that all profits can be devoted to the publication of further titles in the series in the future and to keeping existing books in print. Earlier titles in the series are Vol 1, 'Land Agriculture & Industry in NW Esse'x by Geoffrey Ball (£7.50); and Vol 2 'The Place Names of Saffron Walden' by Malcolm White (£8.50). If you would like to be informed of further titles please contact the Hon Editor at

Now available from the Tourist Information office at Saffron Walden or direct from the author as below.
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