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Freshford and District Local History Society

Meetings usually last about an hour and are held in the Freshford Village Memorial Hall on the fourth Wednesday of each month, September-November and January-May.

The hall is open from 7.00 pm and the talks start at 7.30 pm. Visitors are very welcome to come to meetings without advance notice.

The annual subscription is just £10, with visitors paying £3 to attend a meeting. All are welcome.

If you know of anyone who would like to become a member, please suggest they just turn up at the next meeting, contact Penny Jones on peter.pennyjones@gmail.com or phone 01225 723447 and leave a message if you have a query.  Email Penny Jones if you are interested and would like to be kept informed but can’t get to meetings.

Next Meeting – 25 May

AGM And Alan Dodge Memorial Lecture

Wednesday 23rd March 2022 at 7.30pm


The Fishers: Significant Families In Our Neighbourhood From The 17th To The Early 19th Century

John Macdonald

In 2000, Arnold Lewis and Neil Mattingly produced a history of Limpley Stoke, titled, ‘Limpley Stoke: Its Church and Its People’. They dedicated a page to the Fisher family, with illustrations of houses and memorials, related to them.

The Fishers were a family of Somerset yeoman farmers, owning freehold farms in the Chew Valley and Copyhold farms in Newton St Loe. Henry Fisher came to Limpley Stoke and married Anne Dicke in 1712. The Dicke family owned most of Limpley Stoke. Anne’s father, George Dicke, owned Stoke Estate, and her uncle, John Dicke, owned neighbouring Waterhouse.

During these last months our Chairman, John MacDonald, has been doing research into the Fishers, one of Freshford’s local families and will tell us something of what happened to them from the 17th to the early 19th Centuries.

Members free Visitors £3.00 Everyone welcome.

2022 Meeting Dates

26th JanuaryHistory of Bath Botanic GardensAnn Brooks
(Horticultural historian, researcher and author)
23rd FebruaryA History of Mells ManorJenny Waller
(Textile artist and historian)
23rd MarchSomerset and Wiltshire on Old FilmDavid Parker
(retired Programme Creator for Channel 4 TV)
27th AprilBath-v-Lyme: Architecture in Austen’s PersuasionAmy Frost
(Senior Curator, Bath Preservation Trust)
25th May AGM & Alan Dodge Memorial LectureThe Fishers. Significant families in our neighbourhood from the 17th to the early 19th centuriesJohn MacDonald
(Chairman, Freshford & District Local History Society)

Dates are subject to the Covid-19 rules that are in place at that point in time.

The details for each event can be viewed by clicking on the event entry in the table.

15 December 2020
Last Updated
24 May 2022