Weaverham History Society

Well, what a watery week in Weaverham!

So, last week was very eventful in Weaverham, Acton Bridge and Northwich.  The new flood barriers in Northwich have proved effective against the waters of the River Dane and the River Weaver, and those who were involved in the pumping out of the area have done sterling work.  Great job all round and many thanks from grateful residents.  Now, though, it is said that the problem is the drainage.

Sandy Lane, looking north, Thursday 21 January 2021

In Weaverham we had snow and rain which resulted in part of Sandy Lane being closed due to flooding on Thursday 21 January.   As you head northwards out of  the village, those houses on the right hand side nearest to the River Weaver were flooded, with the waters filling the road, making it impassable.  Two cars were also stranded in the middle of the road.

Same view on Friday 22 January 2021

Fortunately the waters had receded by the following day, Friday 22nd, although Sandy Lane was still closed as the resulting mud on the road surface made it very slippery. 

Also flooded were houses on the A49 nearer to the swing bridge at Acton Bridge.  The Riverside Inn and those houses on the right hand side which back on to the River Weaver, were affected.  The swing bridge has also been closed – it is awaiting safety checks after the water levels rose very high.

Terrace on the Riverside Inn
The clear up continues on Monday 25 January 2021

By Monday 25th  the roads were open though the swing bridge was still closed as it was awaiting safety checks.  So the clear up continues and we hope that all those residents affected by the waters will be able to speedily get back to normal.

Draining the fields into the River Weaver

Meanwhile, just to remind you, our next Zoom meeting is on

Tuesday 9 February 2021 at 7.30 pm – details below,

and we look forward to seeing you all then.  However, we also hope that you will be able to join us in person when our meetings resume later in 2021.

Jacquie Williams, Chair and the Committee

Please see our revised schedule on our Programme page:


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. 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

9 February 2021 meeting

Our December 2020 Zoom meeting was completely full – a highly successful event. Now we can look forward to our next meeting using Zoom which will be on Tuesday, 9 February 2021. Diana Leitch of the Catalyst Museum will be talking to us and her subject is Sir John Brunner: His Life and Legacy. I have no doubt that this talk will be as popular as our previous events and full of interest.

As we will not be charging participants for this talk, any voluntary contributions would be very gratefully received. Payments can be made directly using our BACS sort code 09-01-29, account 26685458.

So do join us in February. To express an interest you can contact the Society on


As before I will initially send out an acknowledgement and then nearer the time send a Zoom link together with the meeting ID and password so that you can join the meeting.

I will also send out a reminder in advance of the meeting.


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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