The History Association is continuing its work in researching and recording the village heritage. Projects currently underway include: looking for evidence of the Roman settlement; the sixteenth century Pickering manor house; village links with the Thrapston workhouse; and the development of country dancing. Fraser has also discovered intriguing evidence of a possible murder in the 1840s which he is investigating.
Sylvia has begun to incorporate the material we have collected – maps, photographs, articles etc. – into an archive that will eventually be accessible using the internet.
Using our new trail, we have also led a number of history groups from elsewhere in tours of the church and the village. Something that we are often asked on these occasions is how it is that the village seems to have played such an important part in the nation’s history. Everyone knows about John Dryden’s links with the village, but they are surprised to hear that lords of the manor here included Cromwell’s Chancellor and another who, during the Wars of the Roses, was one of Richard III’s closest advisers. Add to that involvement in the Gunpowder Plot and the War of Spanish Succession, visits by Samuel Pepys and a chaplaincy to Queen Victoria, and you can see why the village can be justly described as ‘punching above its weight’.
So that is to be the theme of our next presentation which we are entitling PUNCHING ABOVE ITS WEIGHT: A POTTED HISTORY OF TITCHMARSH. The venue is to be the Clubroom. The date, 7.30 on Tuesday, 3rd March. As always, entrance and light refreshments are free.
Don’t forget that you can follow us on our blog: titchmarshvillage.wordpress.com. We are always interested to hear from anyone who would like to join us in discovering more about this fascinating village. If that includes you, please contact one of the following.
Sylvia Prestwich on 732712 or sylviaprestwich@aol.com, Terry Higgins [31 High Street] or Ian Curtis on 732999 or icurtis@sky.com.

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