The Cogenhoe and Whiston Heritage Society was formed in 2000 by a small group of villagers anxious to see the heritage of the area preserved for ever.
Our mandate has not wavered - to study record and stimulate interest in the heritage of our two villages and their surrounding areas. Our membership fluctuates between 40 to 50 members.
The Society organises and manages an annual programme of twelve open meetings in which it invites knowledgeable speakers to talk on a wide variety of subjects of local, national and international interest. In addition, it funds a number of research projects which explore elements of the past history of the two parishes.
In 2001, it launched an Oral History Project which recorded for posterity the memories of villagers who had lived locally through the first half of the 20th Century. Out of some 60 hours of recordings, the Society produced a fascinating and compelling CD called ‘The Voices of Cogenhoe’.
Using the same recordings as a source, Dr Steven Hollowell, a local historian and a founder member of the Society, wrote and published a comprehensive history of the village in the first half of the 20th century called ‘'Cogenhoe, a Century of Change’. The Society has developed an extensive photographic archive and this stimulated the publication, in 2009, of the book 'A Tale of Two Villages’ which brought to life in photographs happy memories of years gone by. ln addition, the Society launched the Green Plaque Trail' which marks and celebrates buildings in the village that have played a significant part in its past history.
See the Chairman’s Report to the March 2019 AGM here.
About the Heritage Society