Welcome to the OMHS website
During the first decades of the 21st century Ongar Millennium History Society has continued to expand and build upon the foundations laid down by the inaugural group, the Ongar Millennium History Project. At the Millennium this project group published the book 'Aspects of the History of Ongar' and established a short Town Walk following paving stones markers.
Through their specific interest since then, members have researched and printed booklets, sewn historical altar kneelers for St Martin's Church, archived historical photographs, books, maps and artefacts along with coins discovered through metal detecting. Later in 2021 it is hoped to have these on display at the Taylor Gallery in the United Reformed Church hall.
We continue to encourage others to use their interests and skills to keep Ongar's history alive for future generations.
We welcome all visitors to the town.
If you are interested in local history, there is a wealth of information available in our newsletters!
The aims of OMHS
a) to raise public awareness of the history of the historic market town of Chipping Ongar
b) to encourage research into all aspects of the town's history and to collect relevant material for display
c) to produce relevant publications and to organise meetings to further these aims
d) to support other local organisations concerned with the town's heritage
e) to be watchful for threats to the town's heritage and to campaign appropriately to protect them
The date for our joint AGM and Christmas Meal is Friday 17th December at the Livingstone Hall, United Reformed Church starting at midday with the AGM. This is open to members only, details are in November's newsletter.
We hope to arrange a visit to Bressingham Museums and Gardens near Diss in Norfolk sometime in 2022.
Latest News and Updates
Subscriptions are now due, please see membership page for details.
After finding an old register we now realise there may be some items borrowed that haven't been returned to our archive (eg books and photographs). We would be grateful for anything returned or donated.
Take a look at our Timeline page, starting from the 11th Century!
Now available on this site - A brief history of the town along with information on St Martin's and St Peter's churches plus local church grave & memorial recordings. Articles provided by K. Snow and M. Leach.