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older news from the WHO 1
(before mid-2020)

older news from the WHO 2
(mid-2020 to end 2022)

older news from the WHO 3
(circa 2023)

WHO archive catalogue

the WHO's 'virtual museum'

YouTube videos about Wolds history

Local history articles

Burton on the Wolds




Six Hills

Walton on the Wolds

Willoughby on the Wolds


Wymeswold Airfield

Walton on the Wolds records

early C17th Wymeswold constable's accounts

Wymeswold census returns 1841 to 1901

Wymeswold parish registers 1560 onwards

Wymeswold marriage registers 1560 to 1916

Wymeswold Village Design Statement 2002

WHO publications available as free PDFs

The Wolds Historian 2004–2008

2000 Years of the Wolds

A walk Around Wymeswold

Wymeswold fieldwalking report 1993

In addition the WHO has digitised versions of:

  • George Farnham's unpublished MS of notes about Wymeswold medieval history (akin to a 1920s update of Nichols)
  • Enclosure Award and later maps plus assorted terriers held in the archive of Trinity College Cambridge
  • Marshall Brown's pharmaceutical journal 1869
  • Wymeswold school log books 1875–1982
  • Wymeswold Parochial Charities minutes 1880–1930
  • photographs taken by Philip Brown between 1890s and 1930s
  • Sidney Pell Potter's A History of Wymeswold 1915
  • Lily Brown's diary 1916
  • Church Council Minute Book for St Mary's, Wymeswold 1932–1955
  • WI survey of Wymeswold gravestones (St Mary's; Baptist chapel; Methodist chapel; 'The Quakers') 1981–2
  • Rempstone Steam Fair programme 1983
Email bobtrubs@indigogroup.co.uk to discuss access to these (e.g. via memory stick or ZIP file).

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The WHO's virtual museum

Stored in various locations are a number of historic artefacts associated with Wymeswold. Full details can be seen in the WHO archive catalogue. This web page simply has the photographs and brief description.

Ensign Optiscope No.6 electrical projector for 3 inch glass slides with original case.

Used by Philip Brown to show glass 'lantern slides' taken between the 1890s and 1930s.
Donated by members of the Brown family.

Death medal for Herbert Isaac Orridge

Born October 1899, died 15 August 1918.

Details of Issac Orridge's life, military service and death can be found in Ivor Perry's Bringing Then Home: The story of the lost sons of Wymeswold chapter 20 (published by Wolds Historical Organisation 2014).

On loan from members of Orridge's family.

Glass bottles

Excavated from a garden in The Stockwell in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Donated by Geraldine Cartwright.

Metal gas light on bracket

Installed in the bell-ringing chamber of St Mary's church tower

Presumably dates from after the creation of the 'Wimeswold Gaslight and Coke Company' in 1881; this gasworks was short-lived and had ceased to operate by the end of the 1880s.

Donated by Bill McBean.

Roman pottery sherds

Early medieval pottery sherds

Late medieval pottery sherds

Fifteenth and sixteenth century pottery sherds

Collected from various fields in the western half of Wymeswold parish while fieldwalking between 1988 and 1990.

Donated by the landowners.

six horseshoes and one pony or ox shoe

Collected from various fields in the western half of Wymeswold parish while fieldwalking between 1988 and 1990.

Donated by various landowners.

Copy of 'The Pearl Reference Bible' published by The London Bible Warehouse. Presented to Ernest Smith in February 1904 by the Hoton Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School

Donated by Margaret Stacey.

Ernest Smith was baptised at Hoton 1st October 1892 and buried there 1st February 1963.

Max Blood kindly donated a Second World War gas mask to the WHO. The manufacturer's stamp inside the carrying bag cover includes '1941' and the user's name and service number were added in black ink '1380773 Millard.N.K.'. There is no reason to think N.K. Millard is from this area.

This equipment is being stored by a member of the WHO committee. It may get an 'outing' each year for the Great Central Railway's 1940s-themed event days.

This large (355 x 280 mm) hand-coloured photograph was taken in early July 1884 and depicts Martha Ada Clarke. She was born in 1861 and baptised on 2nd March 1862 at Wymeswold. Her parents were William Clarke (1829–1891) and Sarah Ann Rebecca Harrison (?1834–1909). Martha married Peter Brooks (?1859–1907) on 17 August 1895 in Loughborough and she died on died 8 July 1933, age 71, in Loughborough.

Thanks to Martha's distant relative for donating this portrait to the WHO.

Primrose products labels

The Primrose range of products were produced by the Brown family in Church Street.

Three views of a promotional pencil for Bartram's bread.

Bartram's bakery was also in Church Street.

Thanks to Peter Blanchard for donating to the WHO.

All photographs by Bob Trubshaw.

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