Welcome to Worle History Society


Here you will be able to find dates of our monthly open meetings, how to contact the committee, and updates on our latest research and projects.


Membership fee is £5 a year, renewable at the AGM in September each year. Members pay £1 at each meeting to help pay for the hall and boost funds. Visitors are always welcome at meetings and other activities for a modest £2 contribution.


We all happily research the last 1000 years in Worle, live happily with our memories, enjoy the here and now and plan for the future. Such fun.



Just click on the menu bar, at the top of each page, to change pages.



We meet on the first Thursday of each month at

Worle Community Centre,

Lawrence Road, Worle



BS22 6TU


Meetings start at 7.00 p.m.  Click on 'Meetings' page above for details


Update Gallery

Next meeting Dec 6th Christmas Quiz

Doors open at 6.30.  Quiz starts at 7.00 p.m.

Raffle and nibbles at half time and cider for the winners. A greeter will find you a team to join.  4 in a team.  Cheating is mandatory!

Finger Post on  corner of Ebdon Road

In 1942 this signpost was the victim of a German plane.   It sustained injuries in the form of holes caused by bullets.  Today it was given a top to toe refurbishment.  Hurrah.

Worle history books to download

Click on the Publication page at the top of this page for a list of books you can download, all on topics in Worle history.  Happy reading!

Last meeting Durston family history with John, Val and Mollie

Seven generations of family history told with affection and humour.  Very informative and enjoyable.  Sincere thanks from all of us.


Latest News

Smyth-Pigott holdings in Worle

The report of the Jasper Allen collection of documents relating to the holdings of the Smyth-Pigott family in Worle is now available to down load on our Publications page.  There is a useful introduction by Peter Johnson and 200 pages of catalogued information gleened from Jasper's wonderful collection.  An excellent research tool.


Launch of 3 new colour pamphlets.

Our three new pamphlets all have pictures, description and a map

1.  Nooks and Crannies of Worle

2.  Jewels of Lower Worle

3.  Old Schools of Worle


We hope you may want to own them.  Donations of 50p, we hope.

Blue Plaque for ancient Monastic Barn

The first Blue Plaque in Worle is planned for the north wall of Worle Village Primary School.  The four walls of the school hall were originally the main structure of a Medieval Monastic Barn.  The school was opened in 1865 and has been familiar to generations of Worle's children.  Worle History Society is proud to be funding the plaque.

Picture taken by Jenny Kingsbury at Grove House on 12th Nov 2018

Raye Green and Peter Johnson inspecting the plaque.

Decided to Join?

Come to a meeting;  email or telephone

Email Peter Johnson, our membership secretary

peter.j@talk21.com   OR phone Raye Green on 01934 516773  OR

Come along to a meeting.  We always have an information desk with Peter and Jenny ready to help.  You'll need to part with £5 for your annual subscription and £1 for the meeting.  You will get your membership card, programme for the year and a pamphlet with useful info.  Welcome to the fun!

What do we do?  All this, and make friends!

Walks around Worle and local visits.

Annual walk on the first Thursday in August.  6.30 p.m. followed by supper in a local hostelry. Other local trips of interest.

Meetings 7.00 p.m. on 1st Thurs of month

Range of speakers on topics related to Worle, often with powerpoints showing Old Worle.  Quiz in December.  All good fun.

Exhibitions from time to time.  Pictures, archive files etc

We have put on five exhibitions in the last 3 years to enable everyone to come along and see how Worle has changed.

Research projects indoors and out in the village.

The research group meets regularly, and presents its findings at meetings.  Local history rooms in libraries and Somerset Heritage and chatting to our golden oldies.

Archive and Library Open days

Members only, I'm afraid.

Why wait for the next exhibition??

Members can come along to one of our Open Days.  Coffee, tea and biscuits available at 2 The Dell, Worle, and we'll guide you through all our archives and 'stuff'.  Look at the Archive page to see what's what.

Dates for 2018:  All Wednesdays: 24th January, 9th May



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Contact us at rayegreen@talktalk.net, or phone 01934 516773