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History Society

Houghton & Brafield Local History Society

The Society first met in the Red Lion pub over 20 years ago to have simple meetings where a speaker would come and cover a particular aspect of Local History for about an hour. Subjects cover a wide range of topics from Roman times, village history, farming, to policing through the ages in Northampton. A few years ago the Red Lion closed down so subsequent meetings were held at the Little Houghton Village hall where they continue to this day.

Meetings are held throughout the year on the 4th Wednesday in the month. Meetings start at 8pm in the Little Houghton Village Hall (diagonally across from the Church for any newcomers) In December we have our Christmas party which is always very popular.

After the speaker has finished free tea/coffee and biscuits are served. It is a very pleasant social event and also a chance to meet like-minded people from the other 2 villages. Some of our older members are able to tell fascinating local history stories.

Some of the stalwarts even continue on to our origins at the old “Red Lion” (now reopened and renamed the “The Four Pears”) to sample the whisky and beers before saying “goodnight”. However that is not compulsory even if it is very pleasant!!

There are currently over 80 members mostly from the Houghtons and Brafield villages although we have members from Horton, Northampton town, and even as far as Market Harborough and Croughton. That said we would be pleased to see any new members and would make them very welcome. Next year’s programme promises to be very interesting and we have strengthened links with the Cogenhoe and Whiston Local History Society to our mutual benefit.

During the summer months we make visits to sites of interest in the local area. There is so much fascinating history all around us that the difficulty is which sites to choose.

Membership is a modestly priced £2 per year and a mere £1 for each meeting you attend. This to cover any speakers costs and your tea/biscuits..

If you would like any further information please ring Rosie Heath (Chair) or David Heath (Secretary) on 01604 890215.

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