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.


Operation Neptune, often referred to as D-Day, took place 80 years ago, on Tuesday, 6 June 1944.  It was preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and marked the start of the Allied invasion of Normandy.  It was the largest seaborne invasion in history and the operation began the liberation of German-occupied France (and later Europe) from Nazi control and laid the foundation for the Allied victory on the Western Front.

For more on Operation Neptune see Operation Neptune

The part played by the Merchant Navy is often forgotten.  Convoys of cargo ships carrying provisions, ammunition and fuel were needed to support the troops involved in the invasion. 

One of these ships was the steam powered cargo ship S.S. Brackenfield (registered in Liverpool) which was en route from the Isle of Wight to Juno Beach on Saturday, 10 June 1944 when it was torpedoed and sunk by a German E-Boat 50 miles south of the Nab Light vessel.

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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

Stories and Legends from the Welsh Marches

The next meeting of the Society will be held at the Weaverham Primary Academy, Northwich Road, Weaverham, Cheshire, CW8 3BD on Tuesday, 11 June at 7.30 pm.

Our speaker for June is Dr Graham Dodd, who is closely involved with the Nantwich Museum as a Trustee and who is also Vice Chair of the Nantwich Historical Society.  Dr Dodd will be entertaining us with stories and legends from the Welsh Marches, those English counties that border Wales.

The Romans called the area ‘Marchia Wallie’ or Welsh March, the Anglo-Saxons used the term ‘mearc’ which means boundary while by the Middle Ages, march or mark was the word for a borderland or a border between two different countries/states or zones. The Lords who oversaw the marches were known as Marcher Lords and the areas have been the scenes of some lively history over the centuries.

So, for an enthralling evening of stories do join us on 11 June.

Change to July’s Speaker

With great regret and sadness, due to the death of Professor Ian Morison, we have had to change our July talk. Prof. Morison worked for many years at Jodrell Bank and was a founding member of Macclesfield Astronomical Society.

The first talk he gave to us was on the history of the Lovell Radio Telescope. Despite astronomy being an unusual topic for talks to a history society Ian was such an interesting speaker we stretched our remit to include things like the History of the Universe and we had him back several times. He always drew in a good attendance of guests to our meetings and we were looking forward to hearing him speak in July on “Our Island Universe: the Milky Way and its place in space and time”.

Steve Warbis of Macclesfield Astronomical Society has kindly stepped in to give an alternative talk.

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