About Weaverham History Society

Due to the coronavirus outbreak the meetings in June and July 2020 have had to be cancelled. The talk due to given in September has been postponed until 2021 and unfortunately our October speaker is also unavailable due to illness.
Therefore we hope to resume our schedule in November.


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

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.  Meetings are free to members of Weaverham History Society, children and students. Visitors are requested to pay £2 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

Weaverham News Quiz Results

Here are the answers to the Quiz that can be found in Weaverham News October 2020 .

1 Which Weaverham housing estate is 100 years old this year?

Happy birthday to the Owley Wood estate!

2 What’s the name of the book, written more than 1000 years ago, in which Weaverham is clearly named ?(really? We’ve been here that long? Yes, it’s true)

The Domesday Book, compiled on the orders of King William the Conqueror.

3 Apart from the Internet, where’s the best place to look for information on the History of Weaverham?

Weaverham Library, which has a good collection of books on local history.

4 What is Weaverham’s oldest building, and our only Grade 1 listed building?

St Mary’s Church. The oldest part is the Tower, 600 years old

5 True or False. Evidence of Weaverham’s famous Roman Road can be seen in the Parish.

FALSE. Athough the Roman Road is mentioned by historians, we’ve never found evidence on the ground

6 What is Weaverham’s most famous, authentic fruit?

The Wareham Russet apple, fully recorded in horticultural records.

7 We had a hospital in the village, specially conifigured to care for patients with Tuberculosis. What was it’s name?

Grange Hospital (at Heferston Grange)

8 In World War 2, a bomb fell on Weaverham. What did it demolish?

Nook Farm (near the end of West Road – with people inside!)

9 In the 19th Century, Weaverham had a craftsman, Joseph Blackhurst, whose work is valued today by antique collectors, who is buried in the churchyard. What did he make?

Clocks. There’s one of his clocks in St Mary’s with his name on it.

10 Finally, what’s the name of the black&white thatched house just opposite the petrol garage in the village? Clue – pop along and read the blue plaque but be careful of the traffic.

Poplar Cottage ( see if you can spot the “eyebrow windows”)

 


The Battle of Britain 10th July – 31st October 1940

 80th Aniversary 2020

Never was so much owed by so many to so few

Following the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk and the fall of France, Germany planned to gain air supremacy in preparation for the invasion of Great Britain.  The Luftwaffe began with an air and sea blockade targeting coastal shipping, convoys and shipping centres but on 1st August 1940 they were directed to achieve air supremacy by incapacitating RAF Fighter Command.  Within days this led to them not only targeting airfields but also aircraft factories and infrastructure.

The Battle of Britain was the first military campaign fought entirely by air forces and the bravery of RAF pilots of Fighter Command flying Hurricanes and Spitfires supported by ground crew led to the defeat of the Luftwaffe forcing Hitler to abandon his invasion plans.  The Battle of Britain was fought over Southern England and was later to be followed by the Blitz (starting with a bombing campaign over London and later targeting other major cities in the country such as Liverpool).

The Battle of Britain saved the nation from invasion and we have to thank the many pilots of the RAF as well as those from other countries who fought so bravely and, in many cases, sacrificed their lives.

Read more here.


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