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.

It is with deep regret we have to tell you about the passing of our Chairman, Carolyn Birch. Sadly, she died earlier this week after a brief and bravely borne illness. Carolyn was a founder member of Redlynch Local History Society and over the last 25 years has been a very active committee member, since 2007 she has held the position of Chairman. She will be greatly missed. All our thoughts are with her husband Malcolm, sons Nicholas and Alastair and their families.

Our next talk is on the 5th October 2021 at 7:30pm in Morgans Vale & Woodfalls Hall, entitled “On the wrong side of the law in Whiteparish and Landford” by Dr Rosalind Johnson preceded by our AGM.

Bob Inns Secretary. September 12, 2021

STRAWBERRY FIELD FOREVER?  More than forty people gathered – for the first RLHS meeting in 18 months due to the Coronavirus pandemic – at the Morgan’s Vale and Woodfalls Hall on September 7th, for a talk titled Strawberry Fields Forever? by Dr Mary South. The speaker, who spent most of her career at Hillier’s, looked at the development and heyday of the Strawberry growing industry in Hampshire which developed in the late 19th century to supply soft fruit to the burgeoning urban markets. For weeks every summer horses and carts would queue at local stations, waiting for the ‘strawberry special’ trains to take their produce to London and elsewhere. MORE

Bob Inns Secretary September 12, 2021

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.