The Woolhope Club


Programme 2015: 

Please note that all meetings will be held on Saturdays at 2.15pm in the Jury Room, Shire Hall, Hereford, and will generally be illustrated. Non-members are welcome

12thSeptember 2015 Timber-framed Buildings - recent Discoveries in and around the County
Please Note: This meeting will be held in the Pavilion on Castle Green, normal time 2.15pm, although all other meetings will be held in the Shire Hall as usual
10th October 2015 The F. C. Morgan Lecture
Windows and Wills: Glazing Bequests in Medieval England
PROFESSOR RICHARD MARKS, MA, PhD, FSA, Department of History of Art, the University of Cambridge
7th November 2015 The Hereford Bull in the Wild West
21st November 2015 Winter Annual Meeting
Bloody Discontent: the Herefordshire Arm of the Wyatt Rebellion 1554
9th January 2016 Brian Hatton: Portraits and Personalities
30th January 2016 Writing the History of Bosbury
27th February 2016 Wye Farming Matters: Farm Wildlife Conservation in Herefordshire
CAROLINE HANKS (Independent Farm Environment Adviser)
19th March 2016 Spring Annual Meeting
A Welsh Survival in the Lands of Pyon
Presidential Address given by PAUL HIPKINS

Field Meetings 2015


Archaeological Research Section Meetings, 2015

Geology Section Programme 2015

Natural History Section Field Meetings 2015


Archaeological Research Section Field Meetings 2015

AGM 2015
Saturday April 18th, 2.30 pm
The AGM will be held will be held at the Pilgrim Hotel, Much Birch, followed by tea and cake.  Please let Beryl know beforehand if you hope to attend.
The annual Archaeological Symposium held by the Hereford Archaeological Unit This has been postponed until later this year, probably sometime in late May. The Archaeological Unit will be moving along with the Records Office into the HARC at Rotherwas, when completed, and the Symposium will be held there. The meeting will discuss the changes that have, and will be, taking place for both archaeology, archival and other record keeping in the future. There will also be an opportunity to see round the new building. For further details please go to the Council website nearer the time.
Saturday 16th May A visit to Moor Abbey Farm with David Lovelace & Roz Lowe  
Sometime in June We hope to arrange a visit to Bosbury to view the archaeological work being carried out there in a small ARS-supported project under the auspices of the Herefordshire VCH. For fuller details please contact Beryl Harding nearer the time
Tuesday 23rd June A visit to St. Marys Church, Abergavenny, and Llancaiach Fawr with Rosamund Skelton  
Wednesday 1st July The Dorstone Hill Excavations carried out by Manchester University last year are being renewed again during July. (G.R. 326424). For further details please go to the Dorstone Local History website nearer the time. Meanwhile you might be interested in relevant talks in Dorstone Village Hall. See here for details.
Thursday 13 August Meet at The Old Courthouse, Goodrich at 12:00 for lunch and a walk around the village looking at the work being done to restore the Vicarage Garden Reserve, just down the road (see HAN 76), some old houses and the church Please phone Roz (01600 890457) by 6th August to let her know what food etc. you will be bringing. The number is restricted to 16 ARS MEMBERS ONLY.
Tuesday 21st July A visit looking at the building stones of some churches to the N.W. of the county with Paul Olver  
Tuesday 8th Sept A visit to Winchcombe, Broadway Tower and Stanway House with Janet Cooper  

Programme Notes

1. Field Visit start times now vary: please check programme carefully.

2. People intending to go on a visit MUST advise the leader or the secretary that they are going, and check with the leader if the weather forecast is poor.

3. Guests are welcome, but must take day membership of the Club: 1.00

4. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for field meetings, and bring food and drink. It is not always possible to arrive at a hostelry at lunch time

5. Members requiring transport should contact the Leader or Chairman who will endeavour to arrange, but no guarantee can be given

6. Members and guests are reminded that field meetings are undertaken at their own risk.


Geology Section Programme 2015

For further information on any of the events below please contact Sue Hay on 01432 357138 or e-mail:


Sunday 26th April 'Huntsham Hill: geology and landscape' led by Moira Jenkins. A 5km walk looking at flash floods in deserts, tropical seas and gorges including the view from Yat Rock. Meet at 10am in the car park at Symons Yat Rock (Grid Ref. SO564155). There are toilets, and parking costs 3.50. Please bring packed lunch, stout footwear and clothing suitable for weather conditions. There are steep slopes both up and down.

8th 12th May 

Lleyn Peninsular. Joint trip with West Sussex Geological Society. Fully Booked
Sunday 14th June  Tortworth Inlier led by Dave Green. Meet at 10.30am in the lay-by (Grid ref. ST691 931) on the B4059, 200 yards south east of Junction 14 on the M5 (head towards Wotton-under-Edge from the motorway). Pub/ packed lunch. Please bring stout footwear and clothing suitable for weather conditions. There will be a 5 charge for members (10 non-members) 
Sunday 12th July  Goodrich area led by Beth Andrews &/or Elliot Carter. Meet at 10am in the free public car park at Bishopswood (Grid Ref. SO 582 188). This is on the right of the B4234 just south of the Kerne Bridge river crossing. Please do not park in the village hall car park, which is accessed through the public car park. Bring a packed lunch and drinks, suitable footwear and suitable clothing for the weather conditions.
Tuesday August 18th  Evening Building Stones walk in Ledbury led by Dr Paul Olver. Meet at 6pm at the Master's House.

All indoor events are held in the Woolhope Room, Hereford Library starting at 5.30pm unless otherwise specified. Top

Natural History Section Programme 2015

Details will be posted here in due course