Three Ancient Parishes
Hamstall Ridware; Mavesyn Ridware and Pipe Ridware are in the County of Staffordshire in the English Midlands. The Parish of Mavesyn Ridware includes Hill Ridware and Blithbury: Hamstall Ridware includes Nethertown.
This is the website of a society dedicated to the history of these parishes.
The mission of the RHS
The Ridware History Society was formed in 1990 by a group of enthusiasts who wished to explore the history on their doorstep.
Members pursue their interests through a year-round programme of events, which is split into two parts. During late autumn and winter, a series of talks are delivered, generally by visiting speakers, on diverse subjects. During late spring and summer, the programme consists of six visits to places of historical interest, within easy travelling distance of the Ridwares.
Members who have an interest in research have formed the Ridware Study Group. Individually and collectively, the members pursue a range of subjects, which explore many aspects of the rich history of the Ridwares. This involves a wide range of topics from genealogy, education, land enclosure and just about anything into which any individual wishes to inquire.
Ridware History Society is a member of the Staffordshire Heritage Group.
We are delighted that the Society has been awarded an Awards for All lottery grant of £1500. The grant was specifically to acquire presentation boards and a powerpoint projector. These will enable us to far more effectively present the results of our research.
6th October: Tim Moss of Hixon History Society gave a very interesting talk on Drovers and Drove Routes, with special emphasis on local routes and fairs.
13th September: Members visited Apedale Heritage Centre, near Newcastle-under-Lyme. A special weekend was organised to commemorate the role of transport in the First World War.
19th July: A special event was held in Mavesyn Ridware Village Hall to commemorate The Great War. Information about the Ridwares and Armitag- with-Handsacre parishes during the War was displayed and two new publications on soldiers from the parishes were launched.
5th July: 15 members visited the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, where they had a short talk, a tour by land train and a lovely cream tea!
14th June: A visit to the museum of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham.
10th May: Members visited Cannock Chase and had a guided tour of the German Cemetery and the site of the First World War camp at Brocton.
3rd March: Dr Ian Atherton, a senior lecturer at Keele University, gave us a fascinating talk about Edward Wightman, who was executed in Lichfield Market Place in 1612. He was the last person burned at the stake for heresy in England.
2nd December: Tim Cockin gave a talk on Staffordshire Folklore. This was followed by the annual Christmas Buffet. A very enjoyable evening.
3rd December: The Society enjoyed the annual Christmas Buffet which was preceded by Bob and Del Neill entertaining us with 'Bits and Bobs' - a host of objects of which we endeavoured to guess the original purpose.
5th December: Danny Wells spoke to the Society about the Salvation Army and Catherine Booth
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