Historical Society

Our society meets in Freshford Memorial Hall at 7:30pm on a Wednesday towards the end of each month. we are always glad to see visitors..


      FRESHFORD & DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY

 Our Society meets in Freshford Memorial Hall at 7.30 pm on the fourth Wednesday of each month.  

 Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 26th October 2016, when Francesca Breedon of Sheffield University will talk about Recent archaeological work at the Carthusian Friary at Hinton Charterhouse. 

 On Wednesday 23rd November 2016,  Nicola Tallis of Alison Weir Tours will speak to us about the Life and Times of Lady Jane Grey.

 We are always very glad to greet visitors at our meetings.  


Article published: 27 Sep 2016

FRESHFORD & DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY

LECTURES FOR SPRING - January to May 2016

 

Meetings are held in the Freshford Memorial Hall on the fourth Wednesday of each month.   The hall is open from 7.00 pm and meetings begin at 7.30 pm. Annual Subscription £10.   Visitors are very welcome to attend any of our meetings.

 

Wednesday 27th January         Laura Mountford:

                                                 Life in Saxon Bath the interpretation of the human remains

 

Wednesday 24th February      Nicola Tallis:

                                                                The Life and Times of Lady Francis Brandon
                                                                niece of Henry VIII and mother of Lady Jane Grey

 

Wednesday 23rd March            Roy Berrett:

Yerbury 1766 - revolution to evolution

 

Wednesday 27th April                Martyn Whittock:

                                                                Anglo-Saxon Bradford on Avon.

 

Wednesday 25th May                 Annual General Meeting followed by

                                                                John Macdonald:

                                                        The Bladud Spa  - a cold mineral cure for all afflictions in the 1830s!

 


Article published: 27 Jan 2016

      FRESHFORD & DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY

 Our Society meets in Freshford Memorial Hall at 7.30 pm on the fourth Wednesday

of each month.  We are always very glad to see visitors at our meetings.

 We have no meetings in December, so our next meeting will be on Wednesday

27th January 2016, when Laura Mountford will talk to us on “Life in Saxon Bath: the interpretation of the human remains.   Laura has been examining a group of Saxon burials found in the vicinity of the old Roman baths and temple.  From their skeletons she has been able to draw conclusions about their health and possible occupations when alive.

 On Wednesday 24th February 2016, Nicola Tallis will tell us about “The life and Times of Lady Francis Brandon.”   Francis Brandon lived in turbulent times, being a neice of King Henry VIII and the mother of the ill-fated Lady Jane Gray. 


Article published: 17 Nov 2015

      Freshford & District Local History Society

 

Our Society meets in Freshford Memorial Hall at 7.30 pm on the fourth Wednesday

of each month.  We are always very glad to see visitors at our meetings.

 

Please note that there are no meetings during July and August.

 

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 23rd September 2015. Geoffrey Parkes will talk on “Exploring the landscape of The Secret History of the Mongols.”

 

Geoffrey Parkes FRGS has led several expeditions on horseback to the Khenti mountains in north-eastern Mongolia, seeking information which might throw more light on the geography set out in “The Secret History of the Mongols”, the only contemporary account of Genghis Khan and the foundation of the Mongol nation. 

In particular, his team has been seeking the location of Genghis Khan’s sacred mountain and perhaps eventually the “valley of the Khans” the fabled burial ground of the entire Mongol dynasty
Article published: 18 Jul 2015

FRESHFORD & DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY

 

Our Society meets in Freshford Memorial Hall at 7.30 pm on the fourth Wednesday

of each month.  We are always very glad to see visitors.

 

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 25th March, when Laura Mountford (from the Roman baths in Bath) will talk about Roman bathing a panacea?”

 

On Wednesday 22nd April,  Stephen Honey (custodian at Muchelney Abbey) will talk about the history of “The Great Island Muchelney, its abbey and the Somerset Levels.”

 

 Our final meeting this season will be on Wednesday 27th May.  This will be our Annual General Meeting (always very brief) and it will be followed by a talk by Richard Head (a Master Bow-maker) who will talk about “The history of the English Long-bow” with especial reference to the famous battle of Agincourt, the six hundredth anniversary of which is being celebrated this year.

 

There will be no meetings during June, July and August.   Meetings will resume on the fourth Wednesday in September.


Article published: 25 Mar 2015

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