Village History Group

The Welton History group is run by Jackie Hibbert, and has a full schedule of interesting talks usually taking place in the village hall. A copy of the current programme can be downloaded here.

26 Sep 22
7.30 pm
Village Hall
Admission:
£4
Stephen Wass

The Archaeology of Stowe Landscape Gardens
Stephen is the Archaeologist leading a recent project at Stowe. In 2019, 2020 and 2021 he has been involved in the excavation of some of the “hidden” garden features. 
Come along and find out what lies hidden underground at Stowe Landscape Garden!

24 Oct 22
7.30 pm
Village Hall
Admission:
£4
Richard Blacklee

The Notorious Culworth Gang of South Northamptonshire
During the Eighteenth Century, The Culworth Gang terrorised South-West Northamptonshire for nearly twenty years.  It’s such an exciting story, it should have been made into a film!

28 Nov 22
7.30 pm
Village Hall
Admission:
£4
Laura Malpas

Secrets and Scandals of Canon’s Ashby
Who can resist a secret or a good scandal?  It seems Canon’s Ashby has both…  No spoilers for this one!

7 Dec 22
10.30 am
Cost approx 
£19
  Private tour of Holdenby House with hot drink & cake
More details nearer the event.  MUST be pre-booked and paid in advance. 

23 Jan 23
7.30 pm
Village Hall
Admission:
£2

  Historical Trivia Quiz and Social Evening
Bring your own drinks, glasses & nibbles.  No need to organise a team in advance – we will make sure everyone has a friend and a good laugh.

27 Feb 23
7.30 pm
Village Hall
Admission:
£4

Andy Chapman

Prehistoric Northamptonshire
Now retired, Andy worked as a field archaeologist in Northamptonshire from the 1970s, specialising in prehistoric and medieval archaeology.

27 Mar 23
7.30 pm
Village Hall
Admission:
£4

Deborah Hayter

Northamptonshire and its Hearth Taxes
Deborah is a teacher from Oxfordshire with a passion for History.  The Northamptonshire Hearth Taxes records are available at The County Record Office – who knows, perhaps you will want to visit and explore them further after this presentation.

23 Apr 23
7.30 pm
Village Hall
Admission:
£4

Anne Langley

History is all around you
A very different presentation this time; based on a journey in the Midlands, Anne describes different features and how they reveal the history of the area.  You will look at your surroundings in a new light!

22 May 23
7.30 pm
Village Hall
Admission:
£4

Wendy Raybould

Mary Burbridge – The innkeepers widow
Wendy has spoken to us before and we loved her!  This talk is based on her own local research and involves piecing together the life of an 18th Century Woman in West Haddon against the backdrop of enclosure, turnpiking and textile production.

26 Jun 23
7.30 pm
Village Hall
Admission:
£4

Jackie Hibbert

An Englishman in the American Civil War
A letter from America found in the Northamptonshire Archives led to research about Charles Coleman.  He was born in Murcott (Long Buckby), became a successful businessman and bought a house in Welton.  Two years later he was in America taking part in the American Civil War.  What prompted him to go?  What was the national and political background to this?  What were conditions like?  What happened to him and those he left behind?

Archive
28 Feb 22
7.30 pm
Village Hall
Admission:
£4
Kate Mawer

Uncovering the History of a Northamptonshire Farmhouse
Kate has spent considerable time researching the history of her own home and is now a mine of information about where to find sources and how to use them.  She comes recommended by another History Group who really enjoyed her talk.

28 Mar 22
7.30 pm
Village Hall
Admission:
£4
Deborah Hayter

Northamptonshire and its Hearth Taxes
Deborah is a teacher from Oxfordshire with a passion for History.  Come along and hear about the Hearth Taxes; what? why? when? and how can we use the information?  The Northamptonshire Hearth Taxes records are available at The County Record Office – who knows, perhaps you will want to visit and see them after this presentation.

25 Apr 22
7.30 pm
Village Hall
Admission:
£4
Andrew Plumridge

The Follies of Northamptonshire
Andrew is a founder member of the charity, The Folly Fellowship.  He is an authority on all things ‘follyish’ (if such a word exists). 

Where are there follies in Northamptonshire, what defines a folly and what were they for?

23 May 22
7.30 pm
Village Hall
Admission:
£4
Jackie Hibbert

The History of Welton in Five Hats and a Wig
The story of six significant moments in Welton’s History, spanning seven centuries, told through the eyes of six women of Welton.  Real events and real people.

And yes, I really do wear the hats and a wig but not all at the same time!

27 Jun 22
7.30 pm
Village Hall
Admission:
£4
Bert Manton

Social Evening and Bygones Quiz
A real treat to round off the year.  Bert has an amazing collection of old tools and machines, some of which he will be bringing along this evening.  We shall have some fun working out what they are and learn a lot at the same time.  Arranged around tables this evening, so please bring your own drinks and glasses.  Savoury Nibbles provided.

There is no formal membership of Welton History Group; if something interests you, then you are welcome to come along. 

Over the year, we aim to financially break even.  Our admission charges cover the cost of speakers, hire of the village hall, insurance and any other costs.

We have a small lending library of local history books and documents about the village.  You can borrow something at one meeting and return it at the next. 

If there is sufficient demand, we can organise a trip to Northamptonshire Archives to research various aspects about the village or a session where people can share their research with each other. 

For further information – please email (jackie.hibbert@rocketmail.com).

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