Wheathampstead History Society

 

NEW FOR NOVEMBER  

Jesse Chennells: a distinguished resident of 19th century Wheathampstead

Jesse Chennells was a member of a long-standing local family. Brought up at Town Farm in a family of devout Congregationalists, he married and moved to London as a 'City Missionary'. His first wife died young and he married again. When his mother died, he moved back to Town Farm. During the rest of the 19th century, he raised a very large family and became a notable figure in the life of the Congregational Church and the village as a whole. Many villagers today will remember Chennells shop which was kept by his brother John and sister-in-law Annie, and later by their son Frank and grandson Edward until 1962.  

 

 

 

 

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Wheathampstead History Society was established in 2011. We are a voluntary organisation set up to share our interest and enjoyment in our local history and heritage. We aim to promote knowledge and understanding of the village, past and present, by means of research, publications, talks and displays.

We encourage local people to take an interest in and/or to research their local history and heritage. We liaise with other interested groups in the village and further afield.

We publish occasional bulletins and an annual newsletter and enjoy talks and outings. Supported by ‘All Our Stories' Heritage Lottery funding, a group of us spent a year researching ‘Our changing High Street over the last 100 years' and used digital media to tell the story. Please see High Street Story and High Street Map.

Members are active in archaeology, recording oral history, and researching aspects of local history. In 2015 members created and put on a community play entitled ‘Wheathampstead's War' telling the story of some village men who went to fight in World War I and the War's impact on those left behind at home.

We meet on the third Wednesday in the month in the Mead Hall in East Lane (behind The Bull, next to the free car park) and have a programme of speakers.  

MEMBERSHIP is £8.00 a year for individuals and £12.00 a year for couples. Members pay a contribution of £1 per person per meeting attended and receive a free copy of our bulletins and newsletter. Visitors are charged £3.00 per meeting attended. Members are also affiliate members of Welwyn Archaeological Society and have free access to their meetings. 

You can become a member at any of our meetings or by downloading this membership form and sending it to our Treasurer along with a cheque made out to Wheathampstead History Society.

 

Chairperson:  Mike Smith

Hon. Treasurer: Mavis Soane

Hon. Secretary: Ruth Jeavons, 44, Necton Road, Wheathampstead, St Albans AL4 8AU

Email address: whs@wheathampsteadheritage.org.uk