Calendar

Jun
29
Sat
Huntingdonshire History Festival
Jun 29 – Jul 31 all-day

HUNTINGDONSHIRE HISTORY FESTIVAL 2019

This year’s calendar of events is available here and online at https://huntshistoryfest.com/.  To access the calendar please click on the picture:

Jul
9
Tue
Society Excursion – Pathfinder Museum RAF Wyton -CANCELLED @ RAF Wyton
Jul 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

HUNTINGDONDONSHIRE LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY – VISIT TO RAF WYTON PATHFINDER MUSEUM – CANCELLED

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that the planned visit to the RAF Wyton Pathfinders Museum which was to be held on the afternoon of Tuesday 9th July has been cancelled. 

The Museum is putting on a small display of some of their artefacts on Saturday 13 July in All Saints Church Huntingdon. Whilst this is not a full display of all the Museum’s artefacts, they will be showing a number of the instruments and equipment from some of the Pathfinder aircraft that operated from RAF Wyton and other pathfinder bases in this region.

 

 

RAF Wyton, conveniently close to its Huntingdon HQ, was the main station for the Pathfinders. Air Commodore Bennett, CO of the Group, lived here. Since 1955 a valuable collection of historic material has gradually been assembled. The Museum also houses the JARIC collection of air reconnaissance material formerly at RAF Brampton and the RAF Wyton Timeline, giving an overall history of the station from its origins in 1916 to the present day.

This will be an afternoon visit to the RAF Wyton Museum and the Pathfinder Museum. Meet at 1:00pm at entrance (Guardroom) to RAF Wyton. Public transport (well served by buses) or own transport (visitors carpark)

YOU MUST SUPPLY NAMES OF ALL GOING AND BRING PHOTO IDENTIFICATION WITH YOU. YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO SEARCHES. NO PHOTOGRAPHY EXCEPT WITHIN THE HERITAGE CENTRE.

Cost £2, pay on the day.

Book by Sunday 22nd June (note early date due to security requirements.

Jul
17
Wed
President’s Lecture and Goodliff Awards Ceremony @ Huntingdon Town Hall
Jul 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The 2019 Goodliff Awards are being presented at the Society’s President’s Lecture, which this year is taking place during the Huntingdonshire History Festival. Because it is being advertised with other events and we fully expect a full room, admission, even for members, will be by prior booking.

After the presentation of the Goodliff Awards, Dr Thurley will give his lecture, HERITAGE and HOUSING, for which he has provided the following introduction:

Providing enough houses for people to live in is one of the great issues affecting Huntingdonshire and indeed England today. It is an issue for people looking to buy new homes and settle into this area, but also one for those wanting to protect the distinctiveness of their historic towns and villages. Most new house building is undertaken in disregard of the vernacular traditions of the places in which it is undertaken. Historic settlements all over England are fighting what they regard as inappropriate development on their doorstep. Does it have to be like this? Can heritage and conservation be reconciled with the ambitions of the volume housebuilder? I will look at the issues in historical, geographical and economic context and suggest a way forwards.

Please use the BOOKING FORM accompanying the Summer 2019 Almanack to tell us you are coming, or otherwise let David Smith know by email info@huntslhs.org..uk or phone 01480 350127  by Sunday 30th June at the latest

Aug
13
Tue
Society Excursion – Little Gidding @ Little Gidding
Aug 13 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

See the source imageThis is one of those Huntingdonshire Essentials and should be familiar to members from articles on Nicholas Ferrar and his family in Records by David Ransome. For historical background see VCH Hunts., (I 399-406). Ferrar’s spirit lives on. We shall be  tour of the house and ‘chapel’ (in fact a parish church), that together make it a very special place, by members of the community and afterwards there will be tea/coffee and cake.

Meet at Little Gidding car park, 2:30pm. Own transport. Please tell us if you need a lift and we will do our best to arrange one.

Cost will be about £5 (can be paid on the day, but at least email to say you are coming).

Book by Monday 5th August.

Aug
17
Sat
Society Excursion – Southwell Minster and Corby Glen Church
Aug 17 all-day

 

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An opportunity to join in with the annual Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust led excursion to a great church, which benefits from the expert commentary and guidance of Revd. Lynne Broughton. Lunchtime opportunity to explore Southwell.

 

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On the way back we will visit the church at Corby Glen where we will have the opportunity for a cup of tea there. 

 

 

 

 

 

Further information see separate booking form and information sheet, to access please click on [BOOKING FORM]

Book by Saturday 1st June. Please note early deadline

 

Sep
13
Fri
Society Excursion -Wingfield College and Eye Church
Sep 13 all-day

This will be a coach excursion, joint with Cambridge Association for Local History (CALH) and Cambridge Antiquarian Society (CAS), visiting Eye Church and Wingfield College (house and church).

See the source imageSS. Peter and Paul Eye is one of those astonishing late medieval churches that seems to have everything: one of the finest rood screens in the region, a fan vault in the tower, a wealth of monuments, a sanctuary by Ninian Comper, a recently restored organ. We shall arrive shortly after their regular Friday service and be able to join for coffee. After looking round we are free to explore the market town, perhaps mount the castle motte, and find lunch in one of several eateries.

See the source imageAt 1:30pm we reassemble for the short trip onward to Wingfield College. The Palladian lines of this private house conceal a medieval manor, remodelled as a charity college by Sir John Wingfield in 1362, ‘a maze of medieval woodwork, every inch of which is intriguing’ (Jenkins). The visit includes the parish church, where Sir John is buried, but whose glory is the fabulous tombs of the de la Pole Dukes of Suffolk, and concludes with tea and cake.

Leave Huntingdon Bus Station 9:30am,: depart Wingfield 4:40pm, return c6:30pm.This is a joint excursion with Cambridgeshire Association for Local History. Early booking is strongly recommended. 

Other pick up points (indicate clearly on the form): Somersham (Dews) 8:55am, St Ives (Houghton Road) 9:15am, Hartford (Longstaff Way) 9:25am, Godmanchester (Bridge Place Car Park) 9:35am, Cambridge (Milton Park and Ride) 10:15am.

The cost will be approximately £34 per head. Book by Saturday 31 August, Maximum 40 people.

 

Sep
28
Sat
Cromwell Museum Huntingdon – Levellers! Living History and Drama Event @ All Saint's Church, Market Hill, Huntingdon
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Levellers! Living History and Drama Event

Saturday 28 September 2019, 10am—4pm, All Saint’s Church, Market Hill, Huntingdon

(Performances at 11.30am and 2.30pm)

Tickets: £5 per person

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In 1649 soldiers from Parliament’s army staged a mutiny. They were part of a movement known as the ‘Levellers’, which were promoting radical ideas for the 17th century, including regular parliaments, the male population being given the vote, religious toleration and equality before the law. In May 1649 these men were surprised and caught by troops under Cromwell at Burford in Oxfordshire. This dramatised show, produced in association with members of the Sealed Knot, will tell the story of what happened next.

Proceeds from ticket sales for this event will go towards the Cromwell Museum’s refurbishment.

There will also be a Living History encampment in the churchyard of All Saints Church, open 10am – 4pm, which will be free to visit.

Tickets can be booked for the performances at the Cromwell Museum, or online at: https://www.cromwellmuseum.org/events/levellers

 

Oct
9
Wed
Society Talk – Churches and Chapels – the Past, Present and Future @ Huntingdon Methodist Church
Oct 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Michael Dudley will talk about the growth of chapels and churches in the local area and how the church landscape has changed over the centuries.

All Saint’s Church, Huntingdon

Throughout the country there are today more places of worship than clergy to conduct weekly services in them. Church attendance and communicants has declined significantly and our churches are now in a position where the cost of upkeep and maintenance is being bourn by fewer folk. Sadly, a great number of our churches, a lot of them listed buildings, are beginning to fall into decay; not helped by the thoughtless actions of some thieves stealing the lead of the roof resulting in enormous cost of damage to the fabric of the buildings. 

St Margaret’s Church, Abbotsley

Many of the older churches are fine architectural edifices that should be preserved regardless of declining finances. We have seen charitable organisations such as The Churches Preservation Trust, The National Trust and Heritage England, formed to stem the tide of decay and dereliction of our architectural heritage, helping to restore and preserve these old estates and building for everyone to enjoy. So, what is to become of our churches and chapels? Will more be sold off to become desirable homes for the few?

Come along to hear Michael Dudley’s talk and get to know what can be done.

 

Nov
12
Tue
Society Talk – Opium Eating in the Fens in the 19th Century @ Huntingdon Methodist Church
Nov 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

In the 19th Century opium was commonly used as a remedy for a large number of common ailments. It is hard to believe that it was possible to walk into a chemist shop and buy without a prescription cocaine and laudanum. Opium preparations, (‘little white powder’) were freely sold in towns and markets and in the countryside by travelling ‘hawksters’. Taking opium became as popular as alcohol. Surprisingly, opium was also used as a ‘quieten’  tincture for children.

Dr Eric Somerville will talk about the use of opium, laudanum and other derivatives, particularly in the Fens and the growth of addiction, called ‘elevation’ amongst the female population.

Dec
10
Tue
Society Christmas Social – Assembly Rooms, Town Hall @ Huntingdon Town Hall
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Society’s Christmas Social with entertainment by Bedford Gallery Quire.