Wheathampstead History Society

 

NEW FOR MARCH

This month's addition to the website is an article that Ruth found in The Scotsman magazine dated 6 November 1909, titled "Wheathampstead: an Autumn Idyll". It describes a walk that the author, Arthur Grant, took through the village, out to Mackery End, and back.  He was much taken with the beauty of the village, the setting, the buildings and in particular St Helen's Church. "Don't be in a hurry to leave Wheathampstead station", he writes, "for it is situated on a gentle height facing southwards, and when the train moves off, you will find that the whole village lies before you. As a picture how beautifully it composes." It is fascinating to see both how little has changed, for example the church, and how much, for example the open fields that are now built over. We have added this to the 'Sources' page of the website but it will, in due course, be moved to the 'Memories' page that is being prepared. Click here

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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