Wheathampstead History Society

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Our April bulletin, No.70 in the series, gave a short description of an account book relating to the estate of Isaac House, a member of an important family in 18th century Wheathampstead who owned the Grove Farm and died in 1794. The accounts concerned the management of his estate by his brother-in-law Richard Oakley who was executor of the will until the coming-of-age of Isaac's infant son John Isaac House. They tell us much about the value of property and land at that time and about the costs of harvesting, rents, alcohol, medical treatment etc.

Drawing on a wide range of contemporary wills and other primary sources, Dianne Payne has now written in much more detail about the House and Oakley families, their role in Wheathampstead of the period, their relations with other families such as the Sibleys and the Wilkins, and about what became of John Isaac House and his sister Mary Ann. This is now available on the Local Research page. Click here

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Wheathampstead has a long and fascinating history and the History Society, which was set up in 2011, aims to share our interest and enjoyment in this history and heritage. We aim to promote knowledge and understanding of the village, past and present, often in liaison with other interested groups both in the village and further afield (See Links).

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 . We also publish a monthly bulletin.

We encourage local people to research our local history and heritage.

MEMBERSHIP is £10.00 a year for individuals. 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 the address shown. You can pay your subscription by cheque made out to Wheathampstead History Society, or by BACS to a/c 73 46 26 92, sort code 20 53 33.

 

Chairperson:  Mike Smith

Hon. Treasurer: Stuart Lawson

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

Email address: whs@wheathampsteadheritage.org.uk