Olney History – The Society was founded in 1997 by a group of like-minded people determined to keep Olney history alive for all generations of people in the town and those who have since moved away from Olney.

Please note that the monthly ‘Talks’ element of the society has now been discontinued. 

A Chronological History of Olney 

This new article presents a ‘potted’ or summary of Olney’s history followed by a more detailed chronological history of Olney in six sections. It should be considered as a developing introduction to Olney’s history, until the  ‘definitive account’ of Olney’s history is available to replace it.

New Feature: All ODHS Olney Heritage Trails, Summaries and Links 

These trails are designed to present Olney visitors and newcomers with an introduction to the history of some of the facets of Olney. 

Click (or tap) any image in the ‘slider’ below for a direct link to the feature or article.

  • MARKET PLACE TOUR - covers the Market Place and surrounding buildings from 1800s to 1950s.

Link to Family History Guidance

Current most popular features on Olney History

Each of the following three features (a feature usually comprises several web pages) can be accessed directly by clicking the text or images below:

Link to full content of Features

Current most popular articles on Olney History

Each of the following six articles can be accessed directly by clicking the text or images below:

Link to the full set of Articles

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Site last updated: 13th November 2019

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