About Us

Berkswich History Society was founded in 1992.  The Society started life at Walton High School following an invitation from the Youth & Community Officer, Jim Foley, for residents of the area to recount their memories to pupils at the school.  There was clearly an interest in the history of the area and as our numbers grew we moved to Walton Village Hall almost 20 years ago.

What do we do?

From September to May we meet at 7.30 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, usually to listen to a speaker giving a talk on an historical topic.  The talk is followed by refreshments and then questions.  Membership is  £5 per annum with a meeting fee of £1.  Visitors are always welcome. £3

During the summer we undertake visits to places of interest.Often these are private houses that are not generally open to the public.

In 2017 we visited visited  Chillington Hall near Brewood, enjoyed a full day out at Bosworth Battle Field and Leicester and had a guided walk around the hamlet of Burston.  Our 2018 visits are to Leighton Hall in Lancashire, a walk around Tixall, a tour of Wroxeter Roman town and a visit to Amazon in Rugeley.

Over the years we have published a number of books.  Our former President, the late Alfred Middlefell, wrote several books about the Parish of Berkswich. These are now out of print. More recently we have published “The Story of Berkswich Retold”, "They Pulled Our House Down” which tells of the demise of Baswich House and to commemorate the centenary of the first world war, “Memories - Berkswich in the Great War.” We have also reproduced “Police Experiences” first published in the 1880’s and “Letters of an English Boy” being the letters of Richard Byrd Levett of Milford Hall originally printed for family and friends in 1918.

Our Chairman has also researched and written a book about the German Prisoner of War Camp on Cannock Chase in WWI entitled "A Long Slow Walk from the Station".

 






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