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Welcome to Wellow History Society

The Wellow History Society (WHS) meets in Wellow, Hampshire to consider the history of Wellow and its people, the surrounding areas, and sometimes of more distant places, reflecting the wide interests of its members and their links, personal or family, in other places.

Note that we are a history society based in Wellow - not a society interested only in Wellow history!

What we do

WHS exists to further the interests of its members in history in its many forms: local, social and family history, as well as archaeology, and occasionally considers topics of national and even international history.


Regular talks are held in most months except July and August, when visits are organised to places of historic interest. The talks are often, but not exclusively, concerned with local or regional events, places and people. (See the current Programme.)


The Society is also involved in research on local history and local families and publishes the results of investigations by its members. (See Publications.)  Much of this research is based on documents held in the Society's own Archives and on related materials in the Hampshire Record Office as well as other archives.

Where we meet

Meetings are held in the Nightingale Room of Wellow Village Hall, usually at 7.30pm on the third Wednesday of each month, from September through to June.

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From May 2022 meetings are being held in person - check the details opposite.


For Zoom meetings, please email us via the Contact page to receive the link.

Our Next Talk


Wednesday 19th June 2024 at 7.30 pm


*** Late Programme Change ***

The History of Social Housing


Tony Boyle

Anglo-Saxon Romsey and the Lower Test Valley
A Community Project by Romsey Local History Society

The Saxon Project now has its own website, where you can explore the results of research undertaken since 2014.


From the Parishes tab, click the link for East Wellow.  Here you can download Michael Sleigh's October 2022 article on 'The Wellows, Embley and Dunwood' -  a very well researched history of our local villages to read at leisure.

Our Society Logo

The "Sounding Arch" once supported a bridge carrying a private carriage road on the Embley estate, across Ryedown Lane in East Wellow, to carry the Nightingale family and other owners to the South Lodge at the south-eastern entrance gate of Embley Park.


The arch stood across the main route from Romsey at the entrance to Wellow Parish and was demolished in 1966 in order to permit passage of modern vehicles.  Some of the stones were used to build a seat that still stands near the junction of Gardeners Lane.

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