Redlynch & District Local History Society

Princes Hill c.1900

The Society was founded in 1996 by Pat Millington to promote interest in local history in Redlynch and its surrounding villages.  It has monthly meetings with speakers on a wide variety of topics. These meetings are held 7.30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Morgan’s Vale and Woodfalls village hall.  New members and visitors are always welcome. Subscriptions are £9 for yearly membership and £3 for guests per meeting.  The Society also arranges a local visit for its June meeting.  In addition the Society undertakes a variety of local projects. The most recent involved recording the gravestones in St Mary’s churchyard (see below).   Also the Society holds an Annual Exhibition when its resources are put on display and made available to anyone interested in our local history.  In 2019 the theme for our Annual Exhibition was ‘Our Village School and its Place in the Community’ which celebrated the 150th anniversary of Morgans Vale and Woodfalls Village School.

Provisional Programme 2022-23

Sep 6th 2022. Various speakers will be giving short talks on their specialist topics or projects; so far we have:- Annette Jack on Old Sarum; Kate Crouch on Salisbury Cathedral, Ruth Webber on Downton, Peter Roberts 1921 Census Project.

Oct 4th 2022 includes AGM: Wendy Cracknell – Fordingbridge Workhouse Project. Talk by Fordingbridge History Group.

Nov 1st 2022 Cindy Wood – Clarendon Palace

Dec 6th 2022 Alan Crooks – “St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury, Alchemist” From Alan: Until recently an information board near the former North Porch proclaimed that an alchemist used to live in a room above the former North Porch and he was seen dashing from the noxious fumes of his experiments. Alan has been seeking answers to the questions, who was this alchemist, when did he live, could the story be apocryphal?

Jan 3rd 2023 Local member and researcher Malcolm Birch on Redlynch House

Feb 7th 2023 Mary Harris – “Life in a Medieval Village” inspired by Mary’s researches into the history of Michelmersh and illustrated with pictures from medieval manuscripts to show the work, methods tools etc.

Mar 7th 2023 Peter James Holden – Wiltshire Chapels “Wiltshire’s nonconformist chapels – a fine architectural heritage”

Apr 4th 2023 Peter Frost – Verderers Court

May 2nd 2023 Jane Glennie – “Put Your Best Face Forward” The talk is about wartime rationing advice with a recipe guessing game finishing with a sing along.

Jun ? 2023 Local history walk Langley Wood. Bob Inns Dave Bennett and Stuart Hales. Stuart Hales is the Natural England area manager, this event is likely to be a Monday or a Thursday early evening.

Please visit The News Forest Remembers website. The Society has been closely involved and produced one of the panels which depicts Redlynch during World War I and some of the men who served or died. Finally the Society actively supports other local organisations, such as its two churches and two halls, by mounting exhibitions and displays.  Click the image on the left to view the Society’s Redlynch Trail. For more information about the Society visit its own website:


The Society’s Graveyard Records project has been completed and will be updated as and when necessary. The records can be seen by making an appointment with the Secretary to meet at Morgan’s Vale & Woodfalls Village Hall


Peter Roberts (Vice-Ch), Annette Jack (Vice-Ch),
Bob Inns (Secretary), Kate Crouch (Treasurer),
Georgina Babey, Jenny Bowman, Simon Lewis, Michael Peace, Steve Western.