About Us : Wythall History Society

Wythall History Society was started by Val Lewis after a preliminary meeting at Wythall Library in June 1993. As a television and newspaper journalist and lecturer, who had done research into the area and its people, she found that a number of like minded people were keen to find out more about this ancient village’s history, and that very little printed information was available.

Since then the research group has diligently copied census returns, thanks to the conscientious work of Barbara Nash (Chairman) and Margaret Matthews (Treasurer). Other committee members – Mike Fisher (Vice Chairman) deals with all family history queries, and has compiled the Wythall Index – a record of everyone born in the village since 1750, while Sheila Watkins is involved with archeological matters, also art work. She has painted a large mural on canvas depicting scenes from the history of Wythall and has made old style maps of the village. These are used at the regular exhibitions In which the Society takes part.Wythall History Society

A photographic survey has been one of the society’s ongoing projects for the last two years, using the 1838 Tythe Map and List of Owners and Tenants; present day photographs are taken, which are then scanned, pages being set up with details of field numbers, owners and tenants from 1838 to the present day wherever possible. These are also produced as slides for the use of other local societies or groups, who may wish to use them for talks. Files of all this information and pictures will, when complete, be bound and lodged at Wythall Library for community use.
The Society was successful in obtaining a Lottery Grant to purchase the necessary equipment to process all these records.

This is just a fraction of the work of the Society, which also includes meetings at Wythall House, attended by members and friends, on the last Friday of each month. See current programme.

Booklets are available on the start of education in Wythall, with separate booklets on each school:
Kingswood, Silver Street Council School, St Mary’s Church School and the Baptist School. They each include interesting extracts from the school logbooks.

These booklets are £1.95 including postage and packing (UK)

WYTHALL HISTORY SOCIETY PROGRAMME 2011 -2012

WYTHALL HISTORY SOCIETY PROGRAMME 2011 -2012

30/09/2011

MORE OF MIKE’S MISCELLANY
A PowerPoint presentation of our photographic archive
Followed by the AGM of the Society
28/10/2011

GHOSTS, MURDERS AND SCANDALS
A talk with slides
Presented by Anne Bradford
25/11/2011

FROM PINHOLES TO PIXELS
A PowerPoint presentation on the History of photography
By Ray Sturdy F.R.G.S
2/12/2011

MINCE PIE & COFFEE MORNING
With gift and book stalls
Britannia Room, Wythall House 10.00am – 12.00 noon
27/01/2012

THE RIVER TEME
A talk and Slide Show
By Brian Draper MBE
24/02/2012

PRIME MINISTERS AND THE MIDLANDS
A talk by
Mr David Howe
30/03/2012

DEVELOPMENT OF THE POLICE
Law enforcement from Saxon times
A PowerPoint presentation by
Mr Graham Sutherland
27/04/2012

YESTERYEAR
Folklore , Customs and Traditions
A PowerPoint presentation by
Dr Colin Harris
25/05/2012

THE SCARBOROUGH OF THE MIDLANDS
Earlswood circa 1900
A slideshow by
Valerie Tonks
29/06/2012

OUTING TO THE LORD LEYCESTER HOSPITAL
High Street Warwick
For guided tour and refreshments

SUMMER BREAK UNTIL 28/09/2012