Wheathampstead History Society



In a press release today (7 December), St Albans Cathedral has announced the discovery of the grave of Abbot John of Wheathampstead. Born in about 1390 and brought up at Mackerye End, John was a former Abbot of national and international renown whose burial site has remained a mystery until today. To read the full press release, click here. For a biography of Abbot John, click here.



'The Story of The Folly' by Dianne Payne will be published in December.

Nearly 300 copies of this eagerly-awaited book have been sold by subscription before publication. If you are a subscriber, or have already ordered a copy at the full price of £15.00, you can collect it  on:

- Saturday 9 December between 10.00am and 12noon at Wheathampstead Library

- Sunday 10 December at St Helen's Church after morning service

- Tuesday 12 December at St Helen's Church between 10.00am and 12noon

- Wednesday 20 December at the History Society meeting at the Mead Hall at 7.30pm. 

One hundred more copies will be available at the full price of £15.00 from 40 Folly Fields, Wheathampstead AL4 8HL, tel: 01582 833912.


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