Buildings., People.

Whitchurch Reading Rooms.

The Reading Room at Whitchurch by Hilary Stratford. Information courtesy of Christabel Panter and the 2011 Whitchurch History Project            (as part of the Heritage Lottery Funding to restore the Clock Tower) Built in the early 1890s, originally the village Reading Room was called Wayside House and was a small cottage.  Those with a keen eye… Continue reading Whitchurch Reading Rooms.

Buildings., Families., Industry, Local characters., People., Places.

Garway Heritage Group.

Garway Heritage Group have a series of interesting talks on diverse subjects organised lined up for this autumn, winter and next spring. Presumably these will be held in their new village hall, not the old green building that still features on their website. Admission £5 for non GHG members. See if you are interested in… Continue reading Garway Heritage Group.

Buildings., Places.

The Grange.

There is not much information available about The Grange. When was it built, what is it’s history and who lived there? If you have any more information at all, please get in touch with us. Only one of the Spanish chestnut tree remains but only as an enormous stump. Not a trace of the original… Continue reading The Grange.

Buildings., Industry

The Industrial History of Whitchurch. Iron Ore Smelting and Forging.

Old Iron Works in Whitchurch Parish. Iron smelting and forging was a big business during the 17th, 18th and 19 centuries. Iron masters were usually wealthy, very important persons often holding high positions in society and politics. The Foley family is a good example. Richard Foley of Stourbridge  (1580 - 1657) was a prominent ironmaster.… Continue reading The Industrial History of Whitchurch. Iron Ore Smelting and Forging.

Buildings., Industry

The industrial History of Whitchurch. Lime Kilns on the Dowards.

For centuries, if not thousands of years, limestone has been burnt in lime kilns on the Doward hills within our parish. The hills were heavily mined and quarried until the beginning of the last century, particularly for iron ore and limestone. Limestone was taken from a quarry or directly from a cliff face. Most cliff… Continue reading The industrial History of Whitchurch. Lime Kilns on the Dowards.