Monthly Lectures

All lecture meetings are held in Highworth United Reformed Church, High Street, Highworth, unless otherwise stated. Meetings start at 7.30pm.

Visitors to all events can pay on the door, however, if you wish to book tickets in advance for our lectures or events please email us or telephone Ms. Chris Suter on 01793 764811.
Members are admitted free of charge. Visitors £3.00.

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27th January 2020 - Ticket to Ride - by Chris and Judy Rouse
The perils and pleasures of early Victorian rail travel.

24th February 2020 - Wilts and Berks Canal - by John Farrow
A talk on this fascinating canal.

30th March 2020 - Last Orders - by John Stooke
Some stories and photos of the vanished Swindon pubs. Stories of murder, ladies-of-the-night, underground tunnels and more.

27th April 2020 -  Honouring Two Midshipmen at Gallipoli - by Hugh Williams

Alfred Martyn Williams and Hubert Malcolm Wilson both won DSC's at the young age of 17. With six others they towed in the first wave of Lancashire Fusileers on 25th April 1915.
18th May 2020: The Rise and Fall of a Downland Village - by John Dymond
The story of the abandoned village of Snap near Aldbourne.


Other Events


Library Displays

Highworth School Photographs etc from yesteryear

HHS Open Day
Sat November 9th. 10am to 4pm

The history of Highworth schools from the early 19th century to the present day.
Plus a chance to browse through our extensive photograph collection.


Highworth Historical Society

HHS Search

Our Next Monthly Guest Speakers

November 25th 2019
'The Highworth and Swindon Poor Law Union' by Paul Wilkins.
Highworth was the key to the development of the Union.
The Workhouse for the Union was in Cricklade Road.

Prices for Lectures:
Members: Free of charge
Visitors: £3.00.

Upcoming Events

Highworth Community Centre
9th November 2019.
10am till 4pm.
The history of Highworth schools from the early 19th century to the present day.
Plus a chance to bowse through our extensive photograph collection.

Check here for details on all upcoming events.

Your Help Wanted

If you have any information, documents or photographs regarding the history of Highworth and surrounding villages and are willing for us to include them on this website we would love to hear from you.



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Highworth Historical Society.