The next meeting is on Saturday 10th June at 2pm in Rem’s Wine Bar, Market Street. Chapel en le Frith. All are welcome.

The aim of this meeting will be regain some momentum after the long winter break, to present updates from the two sub-groups and finalise the plans to publicise the work of the society.

  Bank Hall 1940

A new group was formed last year to continue work on the historical background of Chapel and the surrounding villages.

At present, the sub-group ‘Townscape’ is looking at the streets, houses and businesses in the town. Starting with the Market Place we are trying to piece together the history of the buildings and monuments. We would like to hear from anyone who has information, whether it be pictures, documents or even stories of what the buildings were used for or peculiar features in your home.

The ‘Dispersed Properties’ group is looking at dwellings and farms and other business premises within the Parish but lie outside of the town itself. Many of these scattered places were known about soon after the Parish Church of St Thomas was established in 1225. We believe many of the halls and farms were rebuilt in stone in the seventeenth century – what history to unravel! Again we would like to hear from any home owners who would be willing to talk to one of our team about any of the places they lived or worked.

If you would like to leave your name and address and contact number with Sue or Lyndsay at the shop or via this website or email, someone from the appropriate group will then contact you. Thank you in anticipation, we musn’t let our local history be lost for future generations.

If anyone would like to join the History Society, you would be most welcome. Dates of future meetings will be posted on this website and in the window of Reading Matters. We expect the next meeting to be in the Spring.