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Longworth and District History Society.

Researching the living and past history of our area.

The society was founded in 1995 to promote and encourage interest and awareness in the history of the village of Longworth and surrounding villages of Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor, [Draycott Moor] and Hinton Waldrist.

We hold monthly meetings, open to all, offering a good mix of talks and outings of interest not just to members but to anyone living in the area. The society promotes this by arranging lectures, discussions, probate meetings and by encouragement of research. It promotes the local history of the villages of the Golden Ridge on which we lie. These are the villages of Longworth, Kingston Bagpuize, Draycott Moor [Southmoor], Hinton Waldrist and the surrounding hamlets and supports visits to many places of interest in our locality and beyond.

Many just wish to attend our meetings, listen to the talks and come on the outings, but others who are carrying out local or family history research will find our society a friendly and helpful environment, and may make useful contacts and find relevant data in our rapidly growing archives and large library.

A society website was first compiled in 2005. The purpose being threefold: to publicise the events and annual outings organised by the Society, to promote our in-house publications and, last but not least, to provide a portal for our history society so that interested parties have a link for information and contact details.

Map image of Golden Ridge where our villages are situated

Area of The Golden Ridge where our villages are situated.

Unlocking the Past

The people, history, archaeology, folklore, flora, fauna and geology of the area are all possible areas of activity, which may take the form of meetings, walking tours, talks, education and publication.

Please browse the site to find out what we are about . If you are seeking information on a particular locality or subject, why not use this web site's search box in the menu or the advanced search facility.

When & where we meet

We meet each month. Indoor meetings are usually at 7.30pm on the third Thursday of each month in Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Village Hall.

Our Varied Meetings

We have two different kinds of open evenings to which everyone is welcome. There are evenings with an invited speaker, who generally talks on a topic of very local interest, usually illustrating the talk with slides.

Meetings also include theme evenings hosted by members who have researched a local topic associated with the local villages (Kingston Bagpuize, Southmoor, Longworth and Hinton Waldrist).

Often the material used is from our own growing archive of material - much of which has been gained from about two hundred interviews with local people.

We always welcome new members to the Society - whether Visitors, Individual, Family or Overseas. Membership benefits include free entry to our meetings, and access to our outings and other events.

Or why not just turn up? You will be made very welcome.

Visitors 3.00; 10.00 annual membership.  Refreshments provided.

On this site, we bring you photographs and our latest news and publications.

Southmoor Cottage 1957-59 being thatched. Thatched & renovated 1931 .

These photographs are courtesy of Adrian Beardsley and will enlarge.