Ice Skating on the rectory lake

Much Hadham Rectory lake boathouse sketch

It was a Hadham tradition that when the boating lake at The Old Rectory froze over, the Rector would allow ice-skating. An early pair of ice skates, used on the Rectory lake, are on display in our local history gallery today.

This mixed media sketch made by artist Malcolm Rogers in 1956, gives us a peek inside The Boat Shed that once stood by the lake. It is one of a series of three sketches on the subject, purchased by the museum this year.

The funds were raised at the start of the COVID lockdown, arising from a need to use up our stock of tea room cakes. The Curator ate a cake a day until they were all gone in a Fundraiser challenge #EatCakeForArtsSake, paying a £1 each time.

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