Middleton Cheney History Society was formed in February 2008 and is an informal meeting place for like-minded people to discover more about the fascinating history of Middleton Cheney in particular; and national and international events that would have affected the rural area of South Northants. Everyone is welcome and it is hoped that our meetings will generate interest and lively discussion on a variety of topics. You don’t have to be a history expert to join us but if you are, we will welcome you too!

Membership is currently £12.00 per annum and meetings take place on the 4th Monday of each month at 7.30pm in the library (visitor admission £3.00 per meeting).

If you check out the heritage section of this site you will find several interesting articles about Middleton Cheney, listed below is the programme.




23rd March: Kevin Varty  -  Black Feathers to Black Underwear

 Remember Kevin and his magic lantern? This promises to be an  entertaining talk about Churchyards, Cemeteries and the Victorians.

27th April: Gillian Cane - The Mitford Sisters

 Local to Gloucestershire & Oxfordshire, the sisters  were an amazing bunch. Six girls, all of whom did something extraordinary in their lives and one brother who died at the end of WW2. Their parents, relatives and friends were also remarkably eccentric and included Winston Churchill, Evelyn Waugh and Adolf Hitler. The girls were endlessly appalling, fascinating and shocking, but some of them were also very funny.

25th May (SPRING BANK HOLIDAY) No meeting

 Why not visit Cottesbrooke Hall, a Grade 1 listed country house and estate reputed to be the inspiration for Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.

22nd June: Laurence Ince - The Holbeche Family of Warwickshire

 Including the Holbecks of Farnborough Hall.

27th July: Richard O. Smith  -  900 Years of Mystery and Mayhem!

 Richard is a Comedian and Writer for Radio 4. This humorous talk, packed with history will be looking at student  life in Oxford from the 13th Century onwards.

24th August: Tim Marshall  -  The Quaker Clockmakers of North Oxfordshire. (with accompanying display of clocks)

 The Gilkes family of Sibford Gower and the Farndon clockmaking dynasty at Deddington. The history of Quakerism in North Oxfordshire is almost as long as Quakerism itself, arriving in Puritan Banbury in the 1650s.

28th September: Sue Edwards  -  The Empress Elisabeth of Austria.

 Discover her connections to Northamptonshire! Elisabeth was the wife of  Emperor Franz Joseph I, and thus Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. Born into Bavarian royalty, Elisabeth enjoyed an informal upbringing before marrying Franz Joseph at the age of 16.

26th October: Dr. Colin Harris  -  The Ubiquitous Green Man, Grotesques, Gargoyles, Medieval Beasties and Really Ugly Uglies.

 As many theories as people have tried to fathom out the meaning of the Green Man and his origins. He remains a mysterious enigma and conundrum.

23rd November: Alan Green  -  Coughton Court

 An appropriate month to discover more about The Gunpowder Plot and the Throckmorton Family.

21st December: Bert Manton  -  A Winter Country Bygones Quiz

 A fascinating look at some more rural craft tools and artefacts, but what were they used for? Your chance to ‘Have a Guess’  - with some astonishing answers. (Back by popular demand, with a new selection).


25th January: Christine Farmer  -  Masquerade

A display of  Masks and their amazing history

22nd February: A.G.M. 

Followed by Irene Page  -  What’s behind the Nursery Rhyme? 

The history and makeup of early rhymes, looking at nursery rhymes with a market theme.


MEETINGS ARE HELD IN THE Library, Main Road, Middleton Cheney

7.30 p.m. on the 4th Monday each month.

Visitors are welcome.


Contact – Denise Howes tel. 01295 711962