Have you heard of Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon?
In 2012 Epping Forest District Council entered into a five year partnership with Broxbourne Council to run Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon. Under this partnership, Broxbourne Council continue to own and maintain the Grade II listed building which houses Lowewood Museum, with staff from Epping Forest District Museum managing the site.
Lowewood Museum and the building in which it lives has a great history. The site where the museum stands today has been occupied since the 1570s, when a property known as The Harvey’s stood there. Most of today’s building dates from the 1750s, and was built by Hugh Hughes, a pharmacist by profession. It is thought that parts of the original property may have been incorporated into the new Georgian building built by Hughes.
In 1835 the house was bought by John Warner, a local Quaker and brass founder, and from then on was owned by the Warner family for over 100 years.
In 1935 Lowewood was sold and bought by Mr Douglas Taylor. A year later, Taylor sold the property to the town council, to be used as a library and museum in memory of his late wife.
The library was transferred to a building in Hoddesdon’s High Street in the 1970s. The museum remains a much loved part of the local community, revealing the history of the Borough of Broxbourne from the earliest inhabitants to the present.
Lowewood Museum runs a fantastic programme of events and activities. Along with great exhibition and education programmes, the Museum hosts a number of special events during the year, as well as family activities, specialist study days, community events and much more.
If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Museum (free entry) you can find out more about it here: http://www.broxbourne.gov.uk/lowewoodmuseum
Lowewood Museum is open Wednesday to Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm.