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Desford & District Local History Society

Now in its 32nd year the society has:

Established an archive collection, which is housed at Sport in Desford

Resources available at Desford Library, ask the librarian

Restored the Winding Wheel from Desford Pit

Restored the Village Pump

Installed a series of plaques in the Village Hall depicting the history of Desford.

Desford Village Pump

  • We meet bi-monthly at Desford Free Church, Chapel Lane.
  • Meetings begin at 19.30 and are free to members
  • Visitors are welcome on payment of visitors fee

Officers for 2014

President: Caroline Wessel
Chairman: Colin James
Vice Chairman: vacant
Secretary: Angela Thomas
Treasurer: Bernard Grimshaw

Committee Members:

Gwyneth Reed ,Brian Ward, Pat Crane, John Richards


Pat Crane, Jane Crowson, Pat Kirby, Beth Bates, Angela Thomas, Gwyneth Reed, Lynda Grimshaw

Photographers: Steve Thorpe, Huw Thomas and Molly Marcus

What we do ....

As well as holding bi-monthly meetings with speakers at Desford Free Church we also take part in:

      • An annual outing in June
      • Local visits during the summer months
      • Research
      • Projects
      • Exhibitions

We maintain an archive collection, produce a regular newsletter for members and other occasional publications

Desford Heritage Stroll

Saturday 12th – Sunday 27th July 2014

Saturday 2pm-4pm July 26th 2014
(Walk - No Charge)
Starting from the Tropical Bird Garden, Lindridge Lane,
Desford LE9 9GN.

Join Brian Ward of the Desford and District Local History Society for a leisurely stroll around the Desford Conservation Area, viewing the listed buildings of special architectural or historic interest. We will precede the stroll with a Powerpoint Presentation of village archive photographs of "Desford Then and Now",

The owner of the TropicalBirdGarden has kindly made available to us toilet facilities, car park, and cafeteria.

A 20% discount on the admission price to people attending the event and wish to visit Birdland.

Events for 2014




January 21

AGM & Mini talks

March 25

The Search for Richard III

Dr Turi King

May 20

Conscientious Objectors

John Sutton

June 21

to Cambridge

Arranged by Brian Ward


Evening Outing

To be arranged

September 16

Archers in the 14th & 15th Centuries

Peter Hallett

November 18

Victorian Evening
(Members Only)

DLHS Newsletter

To read the latest Society's newsletter, please click on the link below (Adobe Acrobat, or any other 'PDF' reader is needed)

Newsletter and Document Archive

Click here to enter the Newsletter Archive Area

Publications Available

Recollections £2.00 & A Brief History of Desford 50p.

Both publications are available from Pat Crane and can be purchased from St Martin's Church (which is also open on 1st Saturday morning in the month). Recollections can be purchased from the Bluebell public house.

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