History Group

Hankerton History Group was started in 2004 when a group of people from the village met to discuss starting a group to investigate the history of Hankerton.
Many people thought there wasn’t any history in the village but they were soon proved wrong!
This is a small hamlet, a dispersed parish, mainly consisting of farms and houses centred around the church with a few small housing developments built between 1950-1990.
The aims of the group are to discover as much about the parish, village and inhabitants as was possible, learn about doing research into old records and families, hold meetings with a wider range of historically interesting topics and arrange group visits to do research and visit places of interest – wide ranging aims designed to appeal to different people on a variety of levels.
Over the years we have explored widely and deeply, producing family trees, maps of the village, aerial photographs, a comprehensive map of the church yard and the graves, metal detected numerous areas, held a number of exhibitions ( the largest being in Malmesbury Museum), and met and made contact with people who have family connections to the village ( World-wide).
Everyone is welcome to any event. We have no ‘official’ membership – people dip in and out as their interests dictate.
Our meetings are held in Holy Cross Church, Hankerton –usually every other month – but this is flexible and we publicise our meetings to an email list , The Grapevine, Hankerton web site and on local notice boards.

Current projects:
• We are producing regular articles in the Grapevine to share some of our previous research and findings.
• Searching for the Hankerton windmill’s location ( possibly on Windmill Road)
• A comprehensive map showing who lived where over the centuries
• Metal detecting; fields and gardens.

Grapevine Church
Grapevine Tithe Map

Summary of activites in 2014 and future programme
AGM minutes16th April 2014

Susan Mockler (577526) or Bunny Lees-Smith (577275).