Lighthorne, in Warwickshire, is located in the triangle formed by Warwick, Stratford-on-Avon and Banbury, being 8 miles south of Warwick and 10 miles east of Stratford.
Lighthorne History Society was formed in January 2006 by the late Peter Hinman and other residents. The aims of the society are to promote an interest in and record the pre-history and the history of the village and to make the records available to the general public.
The society is open to all on payment of an annual subscription and the officers of the society welcome enquiries and information about Lighthorne from the public.
The society has so far published 4 items:
- a booklet entitled “A Short History of Lighthorne”
- a duplicated booklet “Yes, we remember it well!” being the reminiscences of the 1940s of Lighthorne residents
- a DVD “Lighthorne 1900 – 2000, A Century in Images”
- an 8-page colour booklet “Welcome to St. Laurence’s Church, Lighthorne”.
This website was created in 2012 and represents an ongoing project to record all of the research done in the past by members of the society. Most of the documents in the society archive are not in digital form, but an index of them is available on this website and it is hoped that the website will gradually expand when further articles are transcribed and items scanned or photographed.
Additionally the society organises talks and visits which are open to anyone who is interested.
Transcription of Parish Registers
The Lighthorne parish registers start from 1538 and are written in secretary script, partly in Latin and partly in English. The currently available transcriptions of these records vary in their accuracy and there is an ongoing project to transcribe these records and make them available via this website. Colin Such has completed transcribing and indexing the entries from 1597 to 1678. The registers are stored at the Warwickshire County Record Office under reference DR18/1 – DR18/6. We are grateful to the Record Office for permission to publish this work. To view the 1597-1678 transcription and index, please click on this link. Work is now underway on the register commencing 1538. Colin would welcome assistance. Previous experience, although useful, is not essential. Please contact Colin if you relish a challenge!
Launch of Civil Wars Warwickshire ‘Loss Accounts’ Project
The ‘Loss Accounts’ itemise the financial and material losses sustained by local inhabitants through Parliamentary activity before and during the First English Civil War between 1642 and 1646. They give fascinating details about individuals and their experiences. The Warwickshire accounts have been transcribed by a team of volunteers, including 2 members of the Lighthorne History Society, directed by Dr Maureen Harris, in a project supported by a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant. The loss accounts, including those of Lighthorne and surrounding villages, can be viewed at https://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/civilwaraccounts. To view Ann Such’s article on the Lighthorne ‘Loss Accounts’ click this link. LH235(E)
We need your assistance in identifying some of the younger residents of Lighthorne prior to the First World War. Please click on the following link to see photographs taken of Lighthorne children in the years immediately preceding the war. Lighthorne School photographs
A partial tombstone has been found in Lighthorne with only a part inscription to William Webb. Can you help us to identify this person please? Click here for further details.
Warwickshire Local History Society
All members of the Lighthorne History Society are automatically members of the Warwickshire Local History Society and are able to attend its lectures free of charge. The current programme is varied and interesting. Click here for further details.