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        Whilton Local History Society




The next meeting is to be arrranged.  The last scheduled one was on 21st January, the AGM accompanied by a special 1822 meal.  We are intending to return to our usual pattern of bi-monthly meetings in 2022.  It is possible, however, that new regulations will mean we have to make changes, and so members will be informed, but if you require further information, please contact us.


The previous event was Whilton Heritage Open Day on Saturday 11th September 2021.

This was a day of celebration centred round Rev Randolph Skipwith, Victorian Rector of Whilton.  We revealed the story of the carved stone shield he brought with him, re-discovered in 2014.  It provided the opportunity to see the Whilton Stone in the church, before it is intended to move it on to Rugby Museum and Art Gallery, and to hear about its first owner, who died in 1677, and how it came to Whilton.

We began with a procession, saw the stone, enjoyed the cakes, followed the trail, heard the talk, listened to the church bells and admired the flowers.

The October event remembering Percy Fleming and the other young men who died in the Second World War has been postponed until spring 2022.

Meanwhile we are continuing to add articles and photos to our website, whiltonlhs.orgOur latest publication, “The Mystery of the Whilton Stone” is still available at £15 (only a few copies left) – see the website, or contact Anthea Hiscock 843319 or Brian Melling 844258.

(6 December)



The new publication, ”The mystery of the Whilton Stone,” is now available to purchase.  See more detail here and the Local History Society website publications page here.





In July last year, members had an interesting and enjoyable outing to Earls Barton.  After an informative tour of the Saxon church there was an opportunity to savour a delicious lunch in Jeyes Restaurant.  Georgina Jeyes then led an amusing guided tour around Jeyes Museum, which covers a wide variety of artefacts.  These illustrate the history of pharmacy (including the origins of Jeyes Fluid), local village and agricultural history, shoemaking, antique toys and dolls houses.


If you want to join the Society - annual cost £10, please contact the Secretary, Marian Seal (email) or the Treasurer, Brian Melling (email).  The Society has its own website here.


You'll be pleased to hear that in 2018 the Local History Society won the Community Award for the “Celebrating Courage” events of 2017. Congratulations to all involved.  See here for a photo of the winners of the Northamptonshire Heritage Awards on the staircase at Althorp with Earl Spencer on 6th July.  On the back row at the right are Anthea Hiscock and Nick Busby with Whilton’s plaque. (Click here for closer view)


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

The Local History Society has its own website which can be found here.


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.




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 or visit the Local History Society website here.  For an independent review of the book by former local resident the late Tom Price, see here.






Links to write-ups of previous meetings



From Holly Trees to Snowy Hooks   (Prompted by October Gardeners' Association Talk by Andrew Sankey)

An Evening with Randolph Skipwith, Victorian Rector of Whilton    (November)

The Story of Whilton School   (September)

The Lost Village of Thrupp    (May)

Will Adams' Memories    (March)

Victorian Roast Meal and a Visit from Daventry     (January)



Women's Land Army    (November)

Outing to Grafton Regis     (June)

"The Spotted Cow"     (March)

"AGM and Norman Meal"    (January)



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)