Welcome to Wroughton History Group

Welcome to the Wroughton History Group website

Programme

Evening meetings are held at 7.30 at St Joseph’s Church Hall Devizes Road Wroughton, SN4 0RZ (3words///cried.member.left). Our 2024 programme continues with a talk on the 14th March from Dr Mike Pringle Director, Richard Jefferies Museum “150 Years of Wild Life” on 14th March.  (see the programme page for details). This is followed on April 11th by Bill King “Toast Racks and Egg Cups” – this talk examines the background and social history of a unique British institution in place from the time of Alfred the Great until the present day.

Everyone is welcome – first visits are free, then returning non-members will be charged £2 per event.

Open evenings are for everyone to get together over tea/coffee and chat about events – members often bring items of interest, such as old photographs, for a group discussion. The next open meeting is on February 29th 2024

We have a Facebook group and reminders about the talks and events are added there.

We do have some social events – days out (see programme for details), Christmas Crimble and an annual dinner.

Membership

Anyone is welcome to join – the annual subscription is currently £15, renewing in April 2024. Please contact the committee or come along to a meeting if you want to join the group. Our simple constitution can be viewed here.

Exhibition – 7th October 2023

On Saturday 7th October 10am to 4pm WHG held an  event at the Ellendune Centre – this included activities for children, various stands including some finds made in the village, a history of the Wroughton WI, history of Listers and a vintage Post Office display. The Wiltshire Finds Officer , The Royal British Legion, Richard Jeffries Museum and the Parish Footpaths Group attended. Bill King brought some of his extensive WW2 collection. A huge thank you to everyone that made the event a success – especially everyone that attended.

Preddy’s Cart

History of the Wroughton High Street Post Office

2023 Wroughton Carnival

WHG had a stall and a parade float at the 2023 carnival – the carnival theme was gardening and growing. The WHG float was farming during the 1940s and featured several farmers and land girls, as well as vintage farm implements and pictures of village farms from the 1940s

2023 Wroughton Duck Race

The History Group had a stall at the Duck Race on May 1st selling our books and giving the village an opportunity to see some of our photos – the next opportunity to meet us is at the Ellendune Centre on 7th October (or of course come along to one of our meetings).

AGM

Our 2023 AGM was held on 13th April. Fiona Meredith stood down as programme secretary and has been replaced by Linda Dibbens programme secretary

Walks

The history group have produced a walk booklet that features many of buildings mentioned on the site (including racing stables, mills, manor houses and ‘lost’ pubs).  The walk is a booklet that can be downloaded and printed: Wroughton Village Walk. 

We also occasionally run guided walks – look out on Facebook for details of these.

Wroughton – then and now

WHG have started a new project of photographing parts of Wroughton undergoing changes, so that we have a record of how the village is changing. If you know of any planned changes please let us know so that we can capture the view before it changes. Visit our ‘now and then’ page where we will add the pictures.

Romans in Wroughton

Roman remains have been found on the airfield. Cotswold Archaeology worked at the site of the Science Museum storage facility.

A Romano British cemetery was discovered containing 20 graves. As the burials were of varying ages, they are likely to be from the local settlement. Two brooches found suggest the site dates to the 2nd century AD. Also found were lime kilns that produced the mortar used in Roman buildings and loom weights used in making cloth. The group celebrated the discovery as part of the 2019 carnival

The group celebrated the discovery of Romans in Wroughton at the 2019 carnival
The group celebrated the discovery of Romans in Wroughton at the 2019 carnival

Books and activities

Details of all our books can be found on our books for sale page.

Members of the history group enjoy the reservoir
Members of the history group enjoy the reservoir

Although we are very serious about our research but we do have a lot of fun too. We never fail to have a laugh at our meetings and we very much enjoy our annual outing and trips to local villages and places of interest in the summer, not to mention our pleasure in taking members of other history groups round the older parts of Wroughton.

Members enjoying dinner in January 2024