The People of Old Whitbourne project
This project was launched in the September 2004 to look into
the history of the people of old Whitbourne, and so bring Whitbourne's
past back to life.
Thanks to a grant from the Local Heritage Initiative, experts
are coming over the next year to help the people of present-day
Whitbourne discover and record the village's past.
Everyone is welcome to take part, young and old, newcomers and
Sandy Marchant is recording memories of village life. Can you
remember Whitbourne before the War? Before electricity and mains water
came? Or do you have a relative that used to live in Whitbourne? Sandy
is eager to hear from you!
Duncan James is investigating some of the old houses in the
village, working out when they were built and how they have been
altered over time to suit their inhabitants.
Dr Kate Lack is looking at the records, wills and deeds,
and census returns - all the documents that show how people lived.
County Archaeologist Dr Keith Ray and his team plan a survey
find traces of old fields, lanes, and houses. Guided walks will show
what has been discovered. Depending on the results, two excavations
might take place - the school children will be taking part.
W.A.D.S. (Whitbourne Amateur Dramatic Society) is planning a
play to show life in Whitbourne as it really was. Talk to Rob Slater
for more information.
Bromyard Local History Society has a fascinating collection of
photographs from Whitbourne. We hope some of you will be able to put
names to faces.
The launch meeting was held on
September 2004 in Whitbourne
Hall, and several interested parties, professional as well as amateur,
are now engaged on a fascinating period of research.
The project is fully funded (now extended until
Autumn 2006), and so
fund-raising events do NOT form part of the project's activities.
Use the links to the left to explore these web pages to
see what's happened, is happening, and plans for the future.
This page last updated on 25th December 2006 by John Bland.
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