Local History Group

The objective of this group is to learn about the history of Haddenham and its surrounding area by means of talks, videos, guided walks, visits and research. We have recently decided to widen the scope of the group to also look at history in its wider context.

Research is encouraged into topics such as the world wars, oral histories, manorial records, burial grounds, shops and businesses, family histories, and the histories of houses and buildings. Members conducting research share their findings at group meetings.

Group Leader

Mary Paterson on 01844 291919 or marypaterson208@gmail.com

This group is run by a team of members.


Venues vary according to the type of meeting. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm.


Costs vary according to the type of meeting, for example if there is a talk then contributions are needed to cover the speaker’s fees and room hire. A walk may incur no cost at all.

Next Events 

‘A Dysfunctional Hampstead Childhood’

An illustrated talk by Cynthia Floud

Wednesday 23 October 2019 at 2.30pm in the Methodist Church

Phyllis Floud (nee Ford, b.1886) spent her childhood in middle-class Victorian and Edwardian Hampstead. The story of her ill-matched parents, penny-pinching and preoccupied with social status, her brother banished to distant Empire, and her pro-suffrage sister, is worthy of a novel. Phyllis does not shy away from indecent exposure, sexual coercion and the constraints of courtship. She turns her sardonic gaze onto decor, dance cards and doctoring. She moves from the social rules of women’s cycling to riding on horse buses. Her catastrophic education does not dim her enthusiasm for art, tennis and swimming, while her social success finally secures her a husband. She wrote her memoirs when living in Ickford during the War, before getting the village hall built.

The talk will be followed by tea and biscuits.