Our Library.

Whitchurch & Ganarew Local History Society Library

Since its inception in 2015, members of the Society have been researching the history of the local area, local ‘characters’, origin of buildings, place names and so on.  Many different people have contributed material on aspects of local history that have particularly interested them and ‘older’ residents have been interviewed to ensure that their memories of life in the area are not forgotten.

Additionally, much research was done for our WW1 exhibition to mark 100 years since the end of ‘The Great War for Civilisation’. This was held in November 2018.  

Having amassed this information, the Society decided that we should start a small library to house it and thus a cabinet was donated and restored.  It is now positioned in the foyer of the Memorial Hall in Whitchurch.

Since then, more material has been donated, such as work done to satisfy the grant for the restoration of the Clock Tower in 2010 which also showed the history of the main buildings in the Old Monmouth Road and the families who lived in them.

More recently, many articles from the ‘Village News’ have been added from the 1980s and 1990s.

Attached is a list of all the material now held in this cabinet.  If any one has any information, photograph, press cuttings etc. that they would like to add to the collection, please contact the collection co-ordinator on 01600-890105.

Local History Documents held in Memorial Hall Cabinet

Top Shelf:

Whitchurch poster 1880 (A3 size)

Bottom Shelf:

Architectural History of Old Monmouth Road

Buildings & Families of Whitchurch

Collection of Bills & Receipts

Grand Reopening of the Clock Tower

Herefordshire on Old Postcards

In Our Age (magazine)

Local People of Note

Old Whitchurch in postcards and photos

John Leach Panter & Family

The Panter Family

Panter’s History  (x 2)

Panter Family Bible Extracts

Panter & Steer Wills

Reading Room

Various Village News articles, Queen Elizabeth 11’s Coronation & Jubilee Celebrations, Bob Lincoln’s Memories of Whitchurch, Lewstone Farm info etc.

Whitchurch & Ganarew Gazetter

Whitchurch Village Map (annotated)

Whitchurch Village 1867

Information on WW1 & WW2

Top Shelf : WW1

Box of WW1 replica artefacts

Farming in the 1st World War

Forgotten Voices of the Great War (2 volumes)

Local servicemen info:  Sapper William Goodwin R.E. & Trevor Charles Herbert RAF (2 copies)

UK Soldiers Died in WW1

1914-1918 Those who Died in the Great War

Top Shelf: WW2:

Battle of Britain Week Sept 1950

Croydon Courageous

Ganarew 1939 -1945

Llangarron  1939 – 1945

Ocean Front

Programme from ‘War Horse’ (National Theatre production)

The 8th Army

Bottom Shelf: WW1

Acts of Remembrance for School Assembly Visits

Newspaper cuttings from WW1 (in envelope)

Guns & Pencils – War Poetry

Great War 1914-1918:  Commemorating those who died

Ganarew 1914 – 1918

The Great War for Civilisation 1914 – 1919 (2 copies)

Whitchurch 1914 -1918

Royal British Legion 100 Group Commemorations

WW1 Commemorations 100 years on

WW1 The Fallen – Transport, Communications, Food etc.

Magazine Rack.

Ross Gazette extracts from WW1.

Whitchurch in the 1860s.