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   Whilton Local History Society




The Next Meeting


The The previous meeting on 12th January was the Annual General Meeting accompanied by a Norman meal. 


Write-ups of previous history society meetings can be found below.


Captain Henry Reynolds VC

There was a celebration in the village on 20th and 23rd September 2017 commemorating the courage and the life of Captain Henry Reynolds, who won the Victoria Cross in September 1917, having already won the Military Cross in the previous spring.

Captain Reynolds, known as "Harry" was one of ten children born in Whilton Locks where he grew up and lived his early married life.  He moved to East Haddon shortly before the First World War.  We shared the celebration and commemoration with East Haddon, whose main event will take place in December.

The full timetable of the September celebration can be found here.

Read more about Captain Reynolds and other World War One soldiers at the Local History Society website here.

Investiture Centenary - June 1st 2018 will be the centenary of Harry Reynolds' decoration with the Victoria Cross by King George V.  We will be marking the occasion with a WWI walk and a showing of the video explaining how Harry won the VC. 




Our local history expert, Anthea Hiscock, has written a book 'Living in the Gap' covering the history of Whilton during the period 1,000-2,000 AD.  If you would like a copy (281pp price £12.99) please ring Anthea on 01327 843319 or email her.  For an independent review of the book by local resident Tom Price, see here.






Links to write-ups of previous meetings



Whilton Names    (November)

Bannaventa     (May)

Borough Hill    (March)

"AGM and Tudor Meal"   (January)



"The Whilton Men Who Went to War"   (November)

"Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition"   (September)

"Chuck Away the Chintz"  (April)

Saxon Supper  (January)




The Mystery of a Whilton Stone  (November)

The King in the Car Park  (September)

Outing to Towcester Museum  (July)

Three Mills on the Stream (March)




The Water Gardens of Brockhall (November)

Captain Henry Reynolds VC (September)

Whilton on the Eve of War (May)

Roughmoor through eight centuries (January)




The brook project: Peopling the map (September)

A voice from Whilton's past (July)

1656 - One document's story (March)




The art of Whilton (November)

Who was who in South View (September)

Ridge and furrow - a talk by Barry Smith (July)

Orphaned and fatherless of Whilton (March)




Barley, malt and beer in Whilton (November)

Don Welch and his times (July)

What to see in Whilton churchyard (May)

What have you found in your garden? (March)

The story of Stone House (January)




Christmas parties at Whilton Lodge (November)

Guess or remember (July)

The Plough: Past into present (May)

Worn in Whilton (March)

Wadds in a name (January)




William Langton and his farm (November)

Landlubbers and boatmen (September)

The tale of Tommy Adams (July)

Monuments and memories in Whilton Church (May)

Fetes and festivals (March)

A typical medieval winter meal (January)




Whilton charities (November)

Whilton fields (August)

Illness in Whilton's past (July)