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Walkern History Society

by janet on 26 November 2011 · 9 comments

Walkern History Society

Walkern History Society meet on the last Thursday of each month to hear a talk on a wide variety of subjects, to discuss our history interests, and share information.

No matter what area of history you are interested in, be it social history, archaeology, family history, mediaeval history, local history, wartime, pre-history, buildings, the Victorians, we will have something for you to enjoy.

The idea of forming Walkern History Society was first discussed between Walkern residents, Janet Woodall, Eleanor Waldock and Margaret Hawson, in late 2011. Janet immediately saw the value in creating this website to house the many articles on Walkern history that have appeared in the Walkern Journal, and the transcriptions of original documents that she and Eleanor have been doing over a number of years.

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les handley March 13, 2015 at 4:43 pm

hello to you all, i wonder if anyone can help me, i remember reading a book written by a man who was evacuated to walkern with his brother i think and its of their memories of staying there how they played and what they got up to ,i have not been able to find the book for years ,i hope someone can help me , thank you , les


John Turton May 21, 2014 at 9:25 am

Hi. As a traditional longbow archer I’m extremely interested in finding out more about your new archery group. I’m planning to attend your introductory meeting at the Yew Tree (how appropriate)!tonight, but wondered if anyone can let me have some more information on the groups’ planned activities (i.e. target, clout, roving) and whether or not a shooting ground has been identified? Look forward to hearing from you on this. Kind regards, John :o)


janet May 21, 2014 at 12:23 pm

That’s great John! Looking forward to meeting you tonight – I’ll be there as an observer and taker of photos. We have got a couple of potential shooting grounds in mind and I think it will be target shooting, at least to start with. Paul Thompson, who is the experienced archer among us and who will be leading the group, will be able to answer all your questions properly at the meeting.
Kind regards


kelvin moore April 30, 2014 at 6:18 pm

could anyone help me with some info relating to a bottle i found which has the words
‘S.Wright & Co’ Walkern Herts, I suspect it is an old cider bottle as a bottle collector i found it close to a bottle the same with Axminster cider writen on it, the farm worker who would have thrown it in the hedge was proberbly a cider drinker of old, any ideas
many thanks kelvin moore


Polly Macmillan (Pauline) October 21, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Hi. May I suggest that it is made possible to view the small photos that pop up on the right hand side of the first page. I would love to see the photos close up!!

Thank you for a superb website that keeps me in touch with Walkern.
Polly (Pauline) Macmillan


Julian Evan-Hart March 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm

To all concerned congratulations on establishing such a vitally important society. I have been engaged in local history for over 30 years, as well as being a dedicated metal detectorist both of which have resulted in the publishing of 14 books to date. One that may be of interest to you is War Torn Skies Hertfordshire, published by Redkite books. This has a chapter dedicated to the collision of two B17 bombers over Weston in 1944. In the last two years I have had two American families come and stay to see the site where their family members were sadly killed in this incident. I have worked with numerous TV channels and organised the first ever archaeological excavation of a Zeppelin, along with a Time Team episode. Currently I have just written my first novel and am awaiting its publication later this year, a time line based tale of wartime spies, metal detecting and the greatest of all buried treasures yet to be found in Britain. If I can be of any assistance to your society it would be an honour. I also do talks and presentations. Kind regards
Julian Evan-Hart.


Janet Woodall March 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Dear Julian
Many thanks indeed for your comments and for letting us know of your publications – I’m sure they will be of great interest to many of our members. We would be very pleased indeed for any help with the WHS, especially as we are so new, and so new to it all! It would be especially appreciated if you would consider coming along to give us a talk.
With kind regards


Laura Whitford February 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Thank you all for making a newbie feel so welcome! I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone again.


Janet Woodall February 28, 2012 at 4:35 pm

It was great to meet you Laura. Thank you so much for coming to the meeting and for joining the committee!


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