Somersham History Society

Somersham History Society host speakers on a range of  historical subjects and enjoy occasional visits out.
When: On a Tuesday towards the end of every two months
Where: Somersham Baptist Chapel
Fees: Contact for details
Contact: Helen Cole helen.cole@btinternet.com or Brian West 01487 843 169.
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  1. Vicky Faupel, Somersham History Society Committee says:

    No membership fee is required, just pay £3 on the door for entry and tea/coffee after the talk.

    Events for 2013 are:
    Tues 26 March 7.30pm – Talk by Don Chiswell on ‘The Battle of Britain and Operation Sealion’
    Tues 23 April – Quiz night with Houghton History Society at Houghton.
    Sun 2 June – coach trip to Fawley Railway Museum, home now of Somersham’s Victorian railway station.
    June/July – Excursion to Dews Coaches for their 60th anniversary celebrations (date tbc).
    Tues 24 Sept 7.30pm – Talk by Michelle Bullivant on ‘Poison & powder: cosmetics through the ages’.
    Tues 26 Nov 7.30pm – Talk by Martyn Smith on ‘The Hunts Cyclist Battalion’.

    Everybody is very welcome!

  2. Hi I moved to Somersham some 3 years ago from Cheshire and have scanned the usual net sites for interesting facts and old photos.I am particularly looking for information on no.3 High Street I believe was the old granary , the history of the Rose & Crown and an ancient well rear of church ?

    Regards Mike Darbyshire

    1. Vicky Faupel, Somersham History Society Committee says:

      Hi Mike – thanks for your query, which has only just come through to me for some reason. I don’t have the answers for you but one of our members is very knowledgeable about the history of individual sites in Somersham and may be able to help. I’ll pass your questions on to him and hopefully he’ll be able to respond.
      Vicky

      1. Vicky Faupel, Somersham History Society Committee says:

        Hi again Mike
        Our local historian has responded “Sorry I know nothing about No.3 High Street. I have never researched the history of the Rose & Crown although it is possible to find the names of the landlords from the censuses and trade directories and all I know about the well is that it is marked on many old maps as ‘Bucks Well’.”
        Hope that helps a bit, and maybe some other Somersham residents may have a little more information about your three queries…
        Best wishes
        Vicky

  3. Vicky Faupel, Somersham History Society Committee says:

    SHS AUGUST MEETING DATE: our meeting wil be at Dews Coach Yard on Tuesday 27th August at 7pm.
    Dews Coaches in Somersham was established 1953 by the company’s founder, Ron W Dew. Join us at Dew’s Yard to help Simon Dew and his family celebrate their 60 years in the coach business! Simon will be giving us an illustrated talk and you’ll have the opportunity to take a close look at their historic vehicles.
    Refreshments will be available. Bring a chair if you can…
    Please note this meeting will be held at Dew’s Yard, on the Chatteris Road going out of Somersham.
    Tickets £3, available from the library beforehand (we would prefer this, if possible) or on the night.

  4. Vicky Faupel says:

    Current 2015 programme:
    (no membership fee is required, just pay £3 on the door for entry to include tea/coffee after the talk, 7.30pm Baptist Chapel)
    24 Mar Tim Slater ‘Photographic Interpretation during WW1’
    15 April Quiz night with Houghton & Wyton History Society
    9 May Coach trip to Historic Dockyard Chatham
    26 May David Cozens ‘The Intrepid Victorian Traveller Isabella Bird’
    22 Sept Speaker tbc
    24 Nov Hugh Davies ‘Women as Special Agents’

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