Felsted author has book on village’s history reprinted

John Drury

John Drury - Credit: Archant

A Felsted author, whose writings on his home village have proved extremely popular since their first publication in 1999, has had his historical work reprinted.

John Drury, a former banker originally from Upminster, who has lived in Felsted for 22 years, is currently back by popular demand as a second edition of his History of Felsted goes on sale.

The book traces the history of the village and its principal residents from the Domesday Book in 1086 through to the 20th century. It also includes information on the village’s 100 Listed Buildings, with photographs, and a chapter on the 20th century with information provided by residents.

The book’s first edition sold out in a year. Sixteen years on, slightly reduced by 196 pages due to geographical and historical changes in the village, such as pub closures, the book is back.

While working as a London banker, Mr Drury wrote three books on the history of Upminster.

He said: “On moving to Felsted I saw that no-one had written a comprehensive history of the village, Since then I have published a book featuring Felsted postcards since 1903.”

Copies are available from the author on 01371 820444 or from 5 Bury Fields, Felsted CM6 3HA priced at £10. There are also still copies available of Mr Drury’s collection of postcards and photographs, Bygone Felsted, at the reduced price of £5.