Local history articles
The Wolds Historical OrganisationThe Wolds Historical Organisation (WHO) was founded in 1987 to promote interest in the local history of the villages of Wolds area, specifically Wymeswold, Burton on the Wolds, Hoton, Prestwold and Cotes.
The principal activities of the WHO are lectures on the third Tuesday of September, October, November, February, March, April, May and June. These take place in the back room of the Windmill Inn, Brook Street, Wymeswold, LE12 6TT and start promptly at 7.45 pm. In August there is a trip to a local place of interest.
The WHO is now thirty years old. Over the decades members have written a substantial number of articles and transcribed most of the relevant records, such as census returns. There are well over a hundred such 'pages' on this web site, all accessible via links on the left-hand side of this screen. A new 'search this site' feature has been added to help find specific information.
WHO's 30th anniversary celebrationsThe WHO's committee intends to celebrate the group's thirtieth anniversary with a new publication. We are specifically looking for photographs and brief recollections of events associated with the first ten years of the WHO – and this includes Wymeswold's celebrations for the granting of the market charter which took place in May 1988. Where you there? What do you remember? Do you have any photos? If so please make contact with a member of the WHO or myself. Deadline is early May, so please do it sooner rather than later! Thank you.
Programme for 2017:
NEW!Philip Brown's historic photos of Wymeswold and the surrounding area, taken between the 1890s and 1920s, are available again. Contact Chris Brown email@example.com for details.
The Brown's shop, and former Post Office, in Church Street, Wymeswold.
Betty's demob partyCarolyn Dee emailed to say her partner, Leo Carter, served at RAF Wymeswold with No 9 Squadron from 5th June to November 1945. She sent a scan of a photograph, with Wymeswold written on and ' Betty's demob party, Wymeswold about November 1945' . She assumes Betty is in the middle. The other photograph with people sitting in the garden may also be Wymeswold or Burton on the Wolds. but Leo didn't add any information. Were they taken at the The Greyhound Pub?
Carolyn wonders if anyone recognises anyone else in the photographs. If so please email Bob Trubshaw.
Similarly, Gordon McKenzie emailed. 'I used to be a telephone engineer who serviced the Wymeswold area from 1975 to 1977, I loved the place but had to move on. Anyway, I was in the ATC in the late 60s to '71 and I used to make mosaics for various RAF Squadrons. Here is a picture of myself standing next to the CO with our ATC Squadron (1F) presenting the mosaic to 1 Squadron RAF . The details are:
Wymeswold 18–20 May 1970
Again Gordon wonders if anyone recognises anyone else in the photographs. If so please email Bob Trubshaw. Click on the image for a higher resolution version of this image, if that helps to recognise faces.
New!Gary Burnett emailed October 2016 to say:
During a web search I found your site and was blown away to find a photograph of an event at which I was present - the visit of 1(F) Squadron ATC to our illustrious and heroic name bearers 1 Squadron RAF at RAF Wymeswold.
Our Flight Lieutenant was rightly tight-lipped about the whole trip, and gave nothing away to us ordinary ranks beforehand. On the coach we made guesses and surmised that we were off to a Bloodhound missile site. We drove off the road through a wood and came into a little clearing, and there sat the Harrier. I think the modern phrase is gobsmacked. Most of the squadron were inner-city kids from Leicester; not easily impressed, but gobsmacked we all were.
The pilot (who went onto become) Squadron Leader Brian Barr put on a flying display, just for us – just for us – of its vertical and short take-off and landing capabilities. I can honestly say that it was one of the best nights of my life.
I can recall the photo hanging on the squadron hut in Leicester. I'm the young man kneeling below the Group Captain. Sadly I'm terrible at names these days following a surgical trauma, but the chap immediately below the RAF roundel on the engine nacelle was Flt Sgt Jim Leadbetter. He joined the RAF and eventually became a test pilot himself at the Empire Test Pilot School (EPTS) at Boscombe Down.
The other special thing about the photograph is that the aircraft in the photo was XV744, one of two RAF Harriers that competed in the Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race in 1969, flying from central New York and landing behind St Pancras station. It was later upgraded to GR3 status and had a distinguished service career, and is now permanently sited in Tangmere Aviation Museum in Kent.
Happy days indeed!
Inside Sister's WellBack in March Sandy Haddington made contact with photographs taken inside Sister's Well, on the edge of Wymeswold Airfield. One of them showed an intriguing inscription. Details in this new article.
The WHO has published five booklets:
In addition, between 1991 and 2002 an annual WHO Newsletter has recorded details of the organisation's activities and research by members. All articles relating to Wymeswold from the WHO Newsletter are included in this Web site (see articles about Wymeswold's history). Starting in 2004 the WHO Newsletter was replaced by The Wolds Historian.
Download Bob Trubshaw's extended look at Six Hills and Vernemetum The Especially Sacred Grove (2 megabyte PDF file)