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.
The Lighthorne parish registers start from 1538 and are written in secretary script, partly in Latin and partly in English. The transcription of these records published by Ancestry is inaccurate and there is an ongoing project to transcribe these records and make them available on this website. Colin Such is currently transcribing the entries from the Civil Wars period and would welcome assistance. Previous experience, although useful, is not essential. Please contact Colin if you relish a challenge!
Memories of Lighthorne. We are keen to interview some of the older Lighthorne residents and record their memories of life in Lighthorne in the past decades. If this project interests you, please contact us. The Lighthorne Reminiscences meeting on May 12 is relevant.
A member has discovered documentation about the connection of the mains water supply to the village of Chesterton and suggests that it could form the basis of a small article for publication on this website. If the topic interests anyone please contact us via email or the contacts form.
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
Commemoration of World War One
The Lighthorne History Society has undertaken research into the names of the soldiers who died in WW1 and who have been commemorated on the Lighthorne War Memorial. To find out more about the lives of these men, click here.
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 meetings take place at the Friends Meeting House, in High Street, Warwick and the current programme is varied and interesting. Click here for further details.