Welcome to Wroughton History Group

Welcome to the Wroughton History Group website

We have restarted our meetings 

Meetings are held at 7.30 at St Joseph’s Church Hall Devizes Road Wroughton, (see the programme page for details). We recommend that masks be worn when moving around, hand hygiene is maintained and general Covid avoidance care is taken. Attendees should arrive between 7 and 7.30pm.

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 April 14th

Our next events are April 28th – Nick Gosling- History of Berkley Farm, May 12th is an open meeting and May 26th Ida Morton 1965 Newcomer to Wroughton- Ida’s Story. Non-members are welcome but will be charged £2

AGM

Our AGM was held on 17th March and an up-dated constitution was adopted and members elected to a new  organising committee. Tony Edmonds ended his stint as chairman and has handed over the mantle to the organising committee. Thanks were made to Tony and David Butler for acting as Chairperson during the difficult last couple of years, they did a great job (assisted by Fiona) of keeping the group going despite the lockdowns.

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.

2021 Carnival

Despite the restrictions not being fully lifted as expected, the Wroughton Carnival 2021 took place albeit without the parade. The History Group decided to support the event by entering the fancy dress as Wroughton trades through the ages.

All the characters were based on real Wroughton figures.

The group were a creditable second in the group competition

The miller, maid, undertaker, butcher, baker, nurse and wheelwright

The rain held off and a good time was had by all.

The Group also had a stand selling the WHG books (details of all the books can be found on this site) – and much more importantly,  we were able to catch up with other members we had not seen for several months.

Look out for us at the 2022 carnival (9th July 2022).

Events

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

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.

Our simple constitution can be viewed here