At the Nursteed Centre, Devizes

The Devizes Branch regular meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm, with some meetings on Zoom.   See below for details of topics, venues and any changes.  Everyone is welcome, and there is no charge.   Please keep an eye on this page for any changes.  

Tuesday 17 May - "The story of John Aubrey and Avebury Henge" - at the Nursteed Centre,   Julie Davis, the County Local Studies Librarian at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, will talk about John Aubrey who is particularly noted for his systematic examination of the Avebury henge monument.  The meeting will preceded by a brief Branch AGM.

Tuesday 21 June - "A grandmother’s legacy: the early days" on Zoom and at the Nursteed Centre: the speaker will be author, traveller and speaker Jenny Mallin.  How a weaver ancestor from Yorkshire sailed to Madras in 1798 with the British Army, fought for the next 22 years in India and settled his family there for the next five generations.  Through new research Jenny offers more on three ancestors going back to the 17th century.  They were all in the British Army and came from different backgrounds.  This storyline brings together the reasons for her family being linked to the British Raj.

Tuesday 19 July - "Long Street - a Centre of 19th Century Education in Devizes", a talk by Ann King at the Nursteed Centre. 

Tuesday 16 August - Our annual outing: location and topic to be confirmed.

Saturday 17 September- WFHS AGM at 3.15pm at the Nursteed Centre preceded by "The Turnpike Roads of Wiltshire",  a talk by Ann King  at 2pm. 

Tuesday 20 September- Branch meeting. 


Recent meeting - 19 April - "Irish Heritage: Researching Irish Roots" - at the Nursteed Centre.  Dr Penny Walters is well known for her wide-ranging knowledge of most things to do with family history.   Her entertaining talk about Irish Heritage looked at the information that is available to people researching ancestors from the Emerald Isle.  Since about 70 million people claim Irish heritage, Penny's advice will be helpful to many family historians.

Recent meeting - 15 March - at the Nursteed Centre: a Members' Evening - a relaxed opportunity to share results, ask advice and develop ideas.  We heard about a  disrupted Bristol childhood involving many changes of school, an Urchfont family with a tragic history, some unexpected findings in the 1921 Census, and other recent  discoveries. 

Recent meeting - 15 February - at the Nursteed Centre: Steve Hobbs, popular historian and former County Archivist, provided us with many fascinating details of life in 19th Century Wiltshire by showing examples of the trial records relating to criminal cases brought before the Quarter sessions. Examples included riotous assembly, bare-knuckle fights and the thefts of pistols, foodstuffs and cricket balls.

The Nursteed Centre - our usual meeting place


Meetings: Nursteed Centre, Nursteed Road, Devizes SN10 3AH, (Click for map)  first and third Tuesday of each month, 7.30pm

Access: 800 yards along A342 towards Andover: signed on the right by the pedestrian crossing.
Contact: Branch Chairman David Weaver on 01380 723191 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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