Wherwell History Group publishes a programme of illustrated talks

 plus the occasional visit or village walk.

Meetings normally take place on the third Friday of the month, starting at 8.00pm.

Meetings are free for members, admission to non-members is £5.

You can join Wherwell History Group by paying a membership fee of £20 (per calendar year). An application form can be downloaded from here.

  • Talks in 2023 
    The Crop Circle Mystery (Andy Thomas), Norman Thelwell – celebrated cartoonist and artist (Tim Craven), French Prisoners of War in Hampshire: Napoleon’s Lost Soldiers and Seamen (Paul Chamberlain), “At Sixes and Sevens”: a look at London Livery Companies (David Poole), Mudlarking in the river Thames (Simon Moore), AGM, Conducted Tour of Whitchurch (John Mariner), The History of 238 Squadron (Tom England), A History of the West & De la Warr Family (John Roberts-West), Medieval Wall Paintings in Hampshire Churches (Dr. Ellie Pridgeon)
  • Talks in 2022 
    The Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps in both world wars (Cherish Watton), Searching for Dora (Les Mitchinson), The History of Falconry (Paul Manning), From the Test to the Merrimack – Protestant Migrations from Wherwell (Kathleen Osgood), The Graffiti in Salisbury Cathedral – the Walls that Talk (Stephen Dunn), A Walk around Chilbolton (TOUR led by Terry Gilmour), AGM, Quirky Winchester (TOUR led by Keith Woodward), Archives Forever (Jan Smith), Roman Life around Wherwell (John Smith), Body Overboard (Paul Stickler)
  • Talks in 2021 
    Policing Andover  during WW2 (Dr. Clifford Williams), The Life, Times and History of SS Shieldhall (Graham Mackenzie) Civil War in the Meon Valley (Duncan Colin-Jones), Clock Making Past and Present (David Poole), Roman Life around Wherwell (John Smith), Cecil Rhodes, Britain and Building an Empire in Africa (Dr. Christopher Prior), Stephen & Matilda (Erica Tinsley), Violette Szabo GC (Lt. Col. Jeremy Prescott (Retd.))
  • Talks in 2020 
    Victoria Cross Story
    (Jeremy Prescott), History of Chilbolton Airfield (Alan Crisp), Life of Judge Jeffries (David Griffiths), Clock Making Past and Present (David Poole), Roman Life around Wherwell (John Smith), Civil War in the Meon Valley (Duncan Colin-Jones), Stephen & Matilda (Erica Tinsley), Murder of an English Actress (Paul Stickler)
  • Talks in 2019 
    Timber Framed Buildings
    (Bill Fergie), Tales from a Historic Pilot (George Bacon), History of Broadlands (Phoebe Merrick), Hampshire Home Guard (Tony Raper), Hampshire People on Plinths (Tony Cross), Naval Expressions (Jeff Tall), Maps as a Source for Local History (Jan Smith), Famous Men in Colonial Africa (Christopher Prior)
  • Talks in 2018 
    Gurkha History (Gavin Edgerley-Harris), Percy Toplis (Paul Stickler), Andover Cinemas (Phil Ray), Hawker of Longparish (John Bishop), Mary Rose (Alan Turton), WW1 (Jeremy Prescott), Amusing Anecdotes (Susan Howe), Leckford Estate (Andrew Hoad)
  • Talks in 2017
    King John (Erica Tinsley), British Coinage (Dave Walton), History Sieved (Susan Howe), Mottisfont (Howard Green), Mills & Milling (Martin Gregory), Vagrants & Paupers (Jan Smith), James Coventry (Gerald Ponting)
  • Talks in 2016
    WW2 Fire Service (Alan House), Southampton & Normandy Landings (Jack Wilson), History of Church Clocks (Keith Scobie-Youngs), Sieges of Basing House (Alan Turton), Bishops, Sex & Money (Tony Strafford), King John House, Romsey (Frank Green), East India Company (Dr. John McAleer), Dr. Joseph Stevens of St. Mary Bourne (John Isherwood)
  • Talks in 2015
    TSB Trust Co. (Brian Brown), Butser Ancient Farm (Fergus Milton), Romsey Remount Depot (Phoebe Merrick), Looking for Lost Chapels (Alison Deveson), Churchill: Thoughts & Adventures (Paul Courtenay), History of Old Andover (Derek Grimston), Salisbury (Magna Carta) Cathedral (Dr. Alex Armstrong), Being a Young Edwardian (Erica Tinsley)
  • Talks in 2014
    House History (Gordon Pearson), Edward Jenner & the Smallpox Virus (Dr. Tim Mason), Recent Excavations in Winchester (Chris Sellen), This Farming Life (Tom & Barbara Brown), Civil War in Hampshire (Alan Turton), History of North Waltham (Richard Tanner), 55 Years of Flying Fun (Clive Rustin), History of Penton Lodge (part 2) (John Isherwood), Story of English Handwriting (Jan Smith)
  • Talks in 2013
    Edward Jenner (talk postponed), Life of a Steeplejack (Peter Harknett), Portable Antiquities & Treasure (Katie Hinds), Maps as a Source for Local History (Mark Pitchforth), Sparkling Wine Growing in the Test Valley (Hugh Liddell), Behind the Scenes at Milestones Museum (Gill Arnott), Early Years of Andover War Memorial Hospital (Erica Tinsley), Early Postal History of the Test Valley Area (Roger Harris)
  • Talks in 2012
    Women in War (Heather Sheeley), Winchester Waterways (Elizabeth Proudman), Lord Palmerston and Romsey (Phoebe Merrick), Anglo-Saxon Nunneries in Hampshire (Barbara Yorke), Medieval Southampton (Jack Wilson), Penton Lodge (1760-2011) (John Isherwood), Stephen & Matilda Wars (Don Bryan), Visions of Stones (Gerald Ponting)
  • Talks in 2011
    English Folklore (Heather Sheeley), RMS Titanic (Jack Wilson), Medieval Romsey Abbey (Phoebe Merrick), Archives in the Attic (Jan Smith), Quirky Street Signs in Winchester (Keith Woodward), Wessex Film & Sound Archive (David Lee), Wherwell Church Renovation & History (David Etchells, Anna Lipa), Restoration of King Charles II (Pamela Boyes), History of British Coinage through Metal Detecting (Dave Walton)
  • Talks in 2010 
    Weyhill Fair (Tony Raper), Mary Rose Trust (Bill Moore), River Anton Conservation Project (Sarah Lynes), Researching your Family History (John Price), Hampshire’s Living History (Gerald Ponting), Gun Riots of Winchester (Don Bryan), Heritage of the New Forest National Park (Frank Green)
  • Talks in 2009
    Watermills & Windmills (John Silman), Antiques Quiz (Bill Evans), Victorian & Edwardian Schoolchild (Dr. Pamela Horn), River Test from Source to Sea (Don Bryan), Hampshire Churches Conservation Trust (Dr. Frances Hurd), Chalk Buildings of Hampshire (Gordon Pearson)

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