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Feckenham Local History Society, as it was originally named, was formed in 1990 from a group of people who had attended a series of courses run by Elizabeth Atkins on local history.

Our small but friendly society exists to inform both members and visitors alike about local history and history from further afield. In the course of a typical season of meetings our speakers will introduce you to Worcestershire history as well as interesting history from our neighbouring counties. At least one visit a year is to an outside venue.

We organise occasional local exhibitions using our many bespoke historical panels and we undertake local research.

To learn more about the history of Feckenham Forest itself go to the History page.

We hold our meetings throughout the year from September to June, at Feckenham and Webheath Village Halls, (location maps here) and cover a wide range of historical topics.

See our current programme on the events page of this site.

Do come and join us, you will be most welcome.



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Society Meetings

Want to kick off your Christmas festivities with a zing, 

if so come and join us for an evening of

presented by

the well-known singer and musician

TUESDAY 14th DECEMBER 2021 at 7.30 PM
Feckenham Village Hall

Monthly meetings have resumed in the village halls as from September. For purposes of hygiene it has been decided we will not provide tea, coffee and biscuits at meetings in the near future. Seating will be spaced to make the audience as safe as possible. Windows or doors will be opened to improve ventilation.


Annual Membership is £12 per year. Membership entitles you to a reduced entrance charge of £2.00 (normally £3.50) at our monthly meetings.

NB. You can download a membership form for printing here.
(Complete the form and hand to the Membership Secretary when you next attend a meeting.)

Elizabeth Atkins’ new book “A History of Webheath” is on sale at ASAP Printing, price £8.95.
Elizabeth Atkins’s book “From Slate to State” (a history of Feckenham’s schools) is on sale at Feckenham Village Shop and ASAP Printing, price £5.
A3 size decorative maps of Old Feckenham researched by Elizabeth Atkins and drawn by local artist Norman Neasom are on sale at Feckenham Village Shop and ASAP Printing, price £1.
Profits from the maps and Elizabeth Atkins’ books will be given to charity: Primrose Hospice and Parkinson’s.



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Following the success of the first six editions of our annual local history magazine the 2020 issue is now available. It may be purchased (price £3.50) direct from the editor (add £1.50 for postage and packing - see details below) or at Feckenham Forest History Society meetings.

Back copies are also available from Richard Churchley. (see below)

The 2020 issue contains old photographs and new articles on the history of Redditch, Inkberrow, Feckenham, Hanbury and surrounding villages in east Worcestershire (the former Feckenham Forest).

It includes articles on:
Redditch Fair
The Georgian house at the crossroads, Astwood Bank
Ridgeway weavers
The history of Avery needle cases
Redditch’s farming heritage
The Goulds of Feckenham – an influential family
Isambard Kingdom Brunel – Feckenham’s brush with engineering genius
Local lads transported to Australia
Holberrow Green Windmill
Postal history of the Redditch area

Copies of Issue 1 (2014), Issue 2 (2015), Issue 3 (2016), Issue 4 (2017), Issue 5 (2018) and Issue 6 (2019) are available from the editor (price £3.50 each plus £1.50 postage and packing).
For more information contact the editor: Richard Churchley. Phone: 01527 892361 or email: rachurchley@totalise.co.uk

See www.feckenham-forest-history-society.org.uk for details of the society and its meetings and activities.



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The 2019 issue contains old photographs and new articles on the history of Redditch, Inkberrow, Feckenham, Hanbury and surrounding villages in east Worcestershire (the former Feckenham Forest).

It includes articles on:
Tuers –our local alleyways
Postal history of Inkberrow, Feckenham, Callow Hill, Cook Hill, Hanbury and Abbots Morton
More information on Inkberrow’s Victorian police station
The Victorian police station at Callow Hill
Selling Redditch needles worldwide
Feckenham’s friendly societies
The Oddfellows Arms, Astwood Bank
An Astwood Bank man’s contemporary tribute to First World War heroes
Irregular marriages in the Feckenham Forest area 1660-1720
Notable graves at Feckenham and Hanbury
Feckenham’s last police station





The 2018 issue contains many old photographs and new articles on the history of the Redditch, Inkberrow, Feckenham area and surrounding villages in East Worcestershire including articles on:

Inkberrow’s old police station

Astwood Bank school pupils 1927

Local man hanged for burglary

Redditch battery manufacturers

The Terry and Pruden families

Headless Cross Cherry Wake

The Old Mill, Feckenham

Local almshouses and workhouses

Old road signs round Feckenham

Proposed local railways never built




The 2017 issue contains many old photographs and new articles on the history of the Redditch, Inkberrow, Feckenham, Hanbury area and surrounding villages in east Worcestershire (the ancient Feckenham Forest area) from Roman times to the 20th century. Items include:

  • Entertainment in Redditch
  • The Beoley Skull revisited
  • The making of sailor’s palms in the Greater Redditch Needle Area
  • Draconian punishment for placing stones on the railway line
  • Letters between Robert Joseph and John Feckenham
  • A rose by any other name?: the use of aliases in local parishes
  • The Windsor family of Hewell Grange
  • Roman roads through Hanbury
  • Old postcards of Inkberrow, Astwood Bank and Feckenham              




 Articles include:

  • Inkberrow FC 1954
  • Tom Clarke and his fairground rides
  • The tragic tale of a Redditch newspaper editor
  • Annual horse race at Webheath
  • The building of Hanbury Hall
  • The lamentable story of an Ipsley pauper
  • John of Feckenham and his charity
  • A railway carriage home on the Ridgeway
  • Fascinating field-names
  • Wind pumps in mid-Worcestershire
  • and Joseph Chillingworth, needlemaking apprentice 1733. 




         Articles include:

  • Fairs at Feckenham
  • Old railway photographs
  • The development of Redditch New Town
  • The spread of the local needle industry
  • Lost pubs in Hanbury and Cookhill
  • The archaeology of Redditch
  • Shurnock Court Feckenham
  • Astwood Bank - an American connection
  • The changing face of 20th century Inkberrow
  • St Stephen's Chapel, Bordesley Abbey
  • and the World War 1 experiences of Lily Emms of Headless Cross who lost two men to the war.   




Articles include


  • A Redditch enclosure riot and other snippets
  • Early 20th century childhood reminiscences from Astwood Bank
  • Danyell Tybbot, 16th century priest of Tardibigge
  • The collapse of local church towers
  • Shakespeare's skull in Beoley church?
  • The decline of Feckenham Forest
  • The impoverished 18th century rector of Kington, Worcs
  • Hanbury's 19th century district nurse
  • A fairground family from Astwood Bank
  • The history of the White Hart, Headless Cross
  • A Redditch murder with needlemaking connections
  • The Boult family, tanners and yeomen of Feckenham
  • and Holberrow Green Windmill, Inkberrow