Wellingborough & District

Local History

This Group meets on the 4th Tuesday afternoon of each month 2.00 to 4.00. at Wellingborough Museum (The Dulley Room) 12 Castle Way, Wellingborough NN8 1XB. Parking is available in the Castle Theatre car park at NN8 1XA.

Depending on the time of year, and weather permitting, we hope to meet at an outside venue during the summer months.

2019 PROGRAMME

Tuesday 26 February - 'The Life and Death of Richard III' - a talk by Northamptonshire historian Mike Ingram

Tuesday 26 March - 'Exploring Churchyards - The Lost Language of Headstones' - Kevin Varty

Tuesday 23 April - 'By the Way to Kingsthorpe' - the history along one Northampton Road - Kate Wills

Tuesday 28 May - 'Sulgrave Manor and the Washington Family' - Martin Sirot-Smith

Tuesday 25 June - A Guided Visit to Sulgrave Manor - (a morning visit)

Tuesday 23 July - A Guided Visit to Northampton Guildhall (a morning visit)

Tuesday 27 August - A Visit to Boughton House (a morning visit)

Tuesday 24 September - The History of the Village of Titchmarsh - a talk by Ian Curtis

Tuesday 22 October - The Historic Landscape of the Welland Valley - a talk by Northamptonshire historian - Alan Clarke

Tuesday 26 November - The History of Lyveden - a talk by Susan Lees of The National Trust

STUDY TRIP TO LINCOLN 1 - 4 SEPTEMBER 2019

Following a successful visit to Chester in 2018, a group of 40 members embarked on a Study Trip to Lincoln on Sunday 1 September. The first stop was 'The Workhouse' at Southwell, owned by the National Trust, where we had an extremely interesting and informative visit. Much was learned about the local area and the social conditions which existed when the Workhouse was operational.

Our visit to Lincoln itself included a guided tour of the city with a Lincoln City Tour Guide; a guided tour of the beautiful Gothic cathedral, once described by Victorian writer John Ruskin as 'out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles...'and a visit to Lincoln Castle. We were able to view Lincoln's copy of Magna Carta, one of only four now surviving, the Victorian prison and the Prison Chapel. As the weather was fine, a walk around the castle walls completed the visit, from which there were fine views of the city and also reminders of less happy times, when public hangings took place from the castle walls.

Our brief trip concluded with a return visit to Southwell on Wednesday, where we had a guided tour of its Minster - a truly wonderful building and well worth a visit.

For further information about the group please contact the group leader, either through the U3A website or by telephone as shown in the Groups Listing of the In-Touch Newsletter.

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