Wherwell History Group

The Wherwell History Group was formed in 2008. Our main objective is to research, record and preserve the history of the parishes of Wherwell and Chilbolton, and maintain an archive of sound recordings and written or photographic material. 

We are keen to stimulate interest in our local history, and expand our membership base. We organize a monthly programme (see below) of illustrated talks in Wherwell Village Hall (SP11 7JJ) and local guided visits.

Our archive is 'under development' and not at present available for public viewing. The archive comprises over 260 acquisitions; for example, village photographs of people, houses, street views and landscapes, some oral history created during production of the Wherwell DVD in year 2000, documents and photographs assembled for display at Wherwell Primary School in celebration of their 80th Anniversary in July 2009, and some village scrapbooks with cuttings spanning 1951 to 2005.

We were an active participant in the "Living Links Community Project" (2008 to 2011) which was established to encourage local groups to preserve the past and the present for the future. This project was managed by the Hampshire Record Office.

The History Group has published two calendars of 'Bygone' photographs (2012 and 2013), two calendars of 'Then & Now' photographs (2014 and 2016) and two calendars of village scenes (2015 and 2017). Other publications include a Wherwell Walk booklet and a commemorative brochure to celebrate the 60-year anniversary (July 2012) of the release of the film "Sound Barrier". Throughout 2010 we compiled a Wherwell Scrapbook, a record in words and pictures, of the many and various events, anniversaries and activities which took place in the Parish of Wherwell in a 13-month period commencing 1st December 2009. We helped celebrate the completion of Phase 1 of the restoration of Wherwell Church by preserving a Village Time Capsule.


Programme of Talks 2009 to 2017


Talks for 2017

January 20th 

Erica Tinsley

King John (1199-1216)

(Was he really bad King John) 

February 17th 

Dave Walton

The History of

British Coinage 

March 17th 

Susan Howe


Minus the Boring Bits

April 21st

Howard Green

The History of Mottisfont

Before the Abbey

May 19th


AGM followed by historic video clips

from our own archives

June 16th Dr. Martin Gregory Mills and Milling in Hampshire
June 23rd Ann & John McKenzie Walking Tour of Thruxton Village
September 15th Jan Smith Vagrants, Paupers and the Welfare State
October 20th Gerald Ponting James Coventry - the Gentleman Photographer
November 17th His Honor David Griffiths Judge Jeffries - the Hanging Judge?

 Talks take place at Wherwell Village Hall, SP11 7JJ commencing at 8.00pm on the 3rd Friday of the month.

Free admission to members & £3 entrance fee to non-members. Tea/coffee & biscuits served after the talk.


For more details about Wherwell History Group

Please email:     wherwellhistory@gmail.com

or telephone:      Andrew Flanagan (Chairman) 01264 860 560

                           Mike Gee (Archivist) 01264 860 592 


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