Welcome to the website of Titchmarsh History Association

Titchmarsh is a village with an enormously rich history. There is evidence of Roman remains in the parish although the village itself is of Anglo-Saxon origin. For most of its history it was an agricultural community but today few inhabitants work on the land.

From a peak population of nearly a thousand, it is today home to about 700 people. Its current size, however, belies the significant part that it has played in the history of Britain. The Lords of the Manor have included no fewer than three Lords Chamberlain: and people from the village played key roles in major events such as the Wars of the Roses, the Gunpowder Plot and the English Civil War. The most famous son of the village is John Dryden, the first poet laureate who grew up here.

Titchmarsh History Association was formed in 2012, and comprises a dedicated team of volunteers who are committed to preserving the history of the village. We are keen to find out as much as we can about the local heritage and to make our findings available to anyone who shares our interest in the people and events that have shaped the village as it is today.

Our work entails a range of activities including:

  • Undertaking research into different aspects of our history.
  • Keeping the story alive by, for example, giving talks, mounting exhibitions, leading guided tours and publishing articles and books.
  • Collecting and collating a comprehensive archive of material that will be useful to anyone seeking to discover more about their own village ancestors or about the history of the community.
We have access to a wealth of information for anyone interested in exploring either the history of the village or more about their ancestors who once resided here. If you contact us, we will be delighted to help. We have been aided in our work by generous donations from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Our latest news

Titchmarsh: A History in Pictures

Over the years, Titchmarsh History Association has accumulated an extensive archive of images of the village and its residents. Some are photographs taken over a hundred years ago and are an evocative record of an era very different from the present.

In our next presentation at 7.30 on Thursday 9th May in the Clubroom we will be using a selection of these images to tell the story behind the changes to the village, highlighting some of the people who have characterised and enriched the village’s past.

Refreshments and entry are free.