Weaverham History Society

Weaverham History Society promotes the study of and interest in history and archaeology with particular reference to Weaverham and the surrounding area.

A Village Link to a Different Time: The Barrymore Institute.

The society has been fortunate in having access to two ledgers relating to the Barrymore Institute.            
One was the Accounts Ledger from 1908 onwards (with the occasional gap) and one the Minute Book from 1930 onwards.  

It is worth noting that the year 1908 was an Olympic year, not without its own struggles. The venue should have been Rome but the eruption of Vesuvius in 1906 had meant funds had had to be diverted to disaster relief and so London became the alternative home for the games. (They lasted over six months incidentally. Rome would finally host in 1960, a lot having happened between the two dates!)

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The Society, Meetings, Membership, Visits

The Society meets at Weaverham Primary Academy, Northwich Road, Weaverham, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 3BD.

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month and we invite a guest speaker to talk to us on a topic of historical or archaeological interest, though sometimes the subjects range further afield.  You can see what’s planned on our Programme page.

Membership is £15.00 per year with renewals in September. Payments can be made by BACS sort code 09-01-29 a/c 26685458. Meetings are free to members of the Weaverham History Society, children and students. Visitors are requested to pay £3 at each meeting.

We also organise highly enjoyable visits to local places of interest in spring and summer usually by coach from the village and we seem to have started a tradition of having a yearly canal boat trip as well. The Society normally invests in the services of Blue Badge guides on our visits.  We also have a very enjoyable Christmas event every year, the talk commonly having a seasonal flavour.

We have articles on a range of topics, mainly about Weaverham, but also covering the surrounding areas. Although not a dedicated family history group, we do have some information on local families, and are always interested to hear from you.

We are continually developing our Archives and we have an array of items (objects, maps, and photos).  We are always grateful to receive any contributions.

As we expand our new website you will be able to see some of what we have by visiting our Weaverham Archives page.

The Weaverham History Society also has a Facebook page.

We launched this website in January 2016, but while we move things across you can still find the old website at http://history.weaverham.org.uk/index2015.htm


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Next Meeting

Liverpool and the Battle of the Atlantic

It is July and we have reached our last Zoom meeting this summer. In August we will be taking a break but our 2021 – 2022 programme starting on Tuesday, 14 September is already available for you to see. Just use the Programme link at the top of this website.

At our July meeting we will have David Hearn talking about Liverpool and its strategic importance in the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II.

The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest military campaign of the Second World War.  It began in September 1939 and lasted for almost 6 years until the Germans surrendered on 8 May 1945, Victory in Europe Day.

During that time, around 5,000 British and Allied ships were sunk with some 65,000 Allied and merchant seamen being lost and in many ways Liverpool was crucial to that battle.

The talk is to be held on Tuesday, 13 July at 7.30 pm via Zoom.

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