Willington Local History Group
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WLHG publications

Over the past few years, members of WLHG have written a number of books about the history of Willington and the surrounding area. Copies are on sale at our meetings. You can also request copies at the price listed plus £1.50 p&p by writing to us with your contact details and an indication of the book or books you want. Our email address is wlhg@btinternet.com The Parish of St Lawrence, Willington, its Church and Vicars by Gordon Vowles:  The author traces the history of the church and parish, setting this in the context of wider social and ecclesiastical developments. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Friends of St Lawrence for the preservation of the fabric of the church. The publication of the book was accompanied by the installation of a board in the church listing vicars and patrons from 1229 to the present. Cost £5 Willington and the Russells by Robert Bollington:  This book covers the preiod from 1774 to 1902, when Willington formed part of the estates of the Duke of Bedford. It illustrates how the Russell Dukes of Bedford transformed the village and left a mark still visible today. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to WLHG. Cost £4 The Reverend Augustus Orlebar by Gordon Vowles:This book covers the life of the long serving vicar, Augustus Orlebar, who served as vicar in Willington for 54 years. A man of wide interests, sportsman, scholar and antiquarian, he looked after the spiritual and earthly needs of his parishioners until his death in 1912. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Friends of St Lawrence for the preservation of the fabric of the church. Cost £4 Willington in the Eighteenth Century by Robert Bollington: This book covers the period, when Willington formed part of the estates of the Duke of Marlborough. The book provides an insight into village life at the time, when the village was a small farming community. Villagers faced rising costs looking after the poor and needy and the descent from a comfortable existence to poverty was all too easy. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to WLHG. Cost £4 Willington and the Danes by Gordon Vowles: This book explores the period when Willington and Bedford stood on the borders between Saxon and Viking territories. The author explores what has been said and written about the physical traces of the Danish presence in the area. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to WLHG. Cost £4
Our latest publication by Robert Bollington is “Willington in the First World War”.  Cost is £6 per copy.
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Willington in the First World War by Robert Bollington: The end of World War I is being remembered in a variety of ways. As a local contribution, Robert Bollington has written a book about what happened to the people of Willington during the war. By homing in on the experience of the village, he has set out to paint a picture of what the war meant for local people, both those in the forces and those supporting the war effort at home.  The proceeds will be split between WLHG and the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Cost £6 The Life and Times of Sir John Gostwick: Tudor Entrepreneur and Bureaucrat by Gordon Vowles: This book is about the life and times of Willington’s most famous son, a man who served Wolsey, Cromwell and Henry VIII. Gostwick became a rich man, purchasing Willington and other properties. He transformed the church and built a new manor house, surrounded by elaborate farm buildings. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Friends of St Lawrence for the preservation of the fabric of the church. Cost £6
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