Historical Society

Woodchester Historical Society meets approximately 4 times a year, mainly in the Undercroft of St Mary’s Church. We are a small group of people and would be happy to welcome new members. It is not necessary to know anything about the history of Woodchester to join us.

We continue to work towards computerising village records, censuses, baptisms, marriages, burials etc., building up a database of village residents mainly in the nineteenth century and supporting the Village Archive. See Woodchester Census and Woodchester Registers.

We have prepared leaflets of self guided walks around both North and South Woodchester with an historical theme which can be purchased for a nominal sum. New this year – Woodchester 1914 leaflets with World War 1 information.
For further information contact: barbara.warnes1@gmail.com or 01453 872181

The society has an archive of material in the Village Hall which is available for anyone to study. To arrange a visit, contact our archivist, Jenny Bernard, on 01453 872881. Below are links to what is stored.

Books in Archive
Envelopes in Archive
Key to Envelopes
Folders in Archive
Miscellaneous items in Archive

A brief history of the village can be found here.

To find out more, please go to the Woodchester Historical Society website.


Programme for 2020


Tuesday 3rd March at 7.30pm in the Undercroft
Keith Walker – Redlers

Tuesday 2nd June at 7.30pm in the Undercroft
Alan Pilbeam – Royal Progress through Gloucestershire in 1536

Tuesday 14th July at 2pm at Tewkesbury
A Guided Walk around Tewkesbury Battlefield.

Saturday 8th August at 10am on Church Green
Beating the Bounds – an 8-9 miles walk around the Parish Boundary.

Tuesday 1st September at 7.30pm in the Undercroft
Simon Draper – Making a Living on the River Severn

Tuesday 3rd  November at 7.30pm in the Undercroft
Barbara Warnes – A New Look at Woodchester through Old Photographs
To include the AGM