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


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