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The Somborne & District Society

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The Somborne & District Society is principally a local history society, although we do cover other subjects and interests.


We hold regular lectures on the fourth Wednesday each month at 8 p.m. in the village hall.  Visitors and new Members always welcome. 

Full details of our events can be found either in the diary page or in the Gauntlet. For more information our Secretary, Chris Kirby, may be contacted on 01794 389034.

Our social programme is also very active with visits to historic houses and other places of interest.  

Family History

The parish records from 1700 to 1951 have been transposed and you can search the data online, click the links for Marriages, Christenings and Burials.

Alternatively, the Somborne & District Society has produced 3 CD-ROMs.


We publish a Newsletter four times a year.

Various Books and Booklets have been published and are available to purchase

Richard Dawesby Norman Denison

This book tells the story of Richard Dawes (1793-1867), his origins in the Dales of Yorkshire; his own schooling and further education, his wedding and the couple’s arrival in the village where he opened the school. The details of his wife’s early life, beginning in what is now Prince Edward Island, Canada and their subsequent life together in Hereford are included.

A History of Up Somborne and Rookley By Gordon Pearson

This ancient settlement dates from the Bronze Age and Gordon’s book covers all aspects of its history including the manor and its farms, listed buildings, Church and chapels, school, public house, beerhouses, village people and families, Up Somborne Down and Forest Extra. One chapter illustrates life in the isolated community in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  

"Celebrating Somborne

Charting the history and evolving environment of the Sombornes.- it is all a tribute to the scholarship and enthusiasm of those who researched and wrote the book in 1989.


At one time the Society used the CommuniGate website, this is now dead.


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