News and events

October/November 2021 events

Please note that the precise titles may be subject to change.

  • Tuesday 19 October: “Old Newport” (Don Hurst).
  • Tuesday 02 November: “Armistice” (Stephen Baker).
  • Tuesday 16 November: “Travelling on the London-to-Birmingham Railway in the 1830s” (Phil Marsh).

The talks begin at 19:30, so please arrive in good time. All talks are held at the URC in town.

Important information regarding our evening events:

  • Please bring correct change (£1 for members, £3 for non-members).
  • Masks/visors etc. are a personal choice.
  • We request that visitors from different families sit socially distanced where possible (upstairs will also be opened).
  • We regret that at present we cannot offer refreshments. If you need something to drink during the ~90 minutes of the events, we would suggest bringing a bottle of water from home (we suggest water so that if there’s a spill, it’s easy to clean up).
  • We are going to pilot a ‘no contact’ raffle in October.

Visiting the museum (Chandos Hall) in October/November

The museum will be open on the following dates and times:

  • Sunday 24 October (14:00-16:00).
  • Sunday 14 November (14:00-16:00).

You no longer need to book visiting slots – simply turn up while we’re open. In line with current government recommendations, we have removed the one-way system, masks are encouraged but are down to the choice of each individual visitor, and the museum will continue to be cleaned down after each open day. Visitor contact details (name and email/telephone) will need to be registered on entry as part of NHS Test and Trace. We provide a QR code for smartphone users to scan, but have a pen-and-paper log for visitors without a smartphone (such data will be destroyed after 21 days).

Save The Wrestlers / 51 Tickford Street!

The Wrestlers (51 Tickford Street)

Structural supports have been added to the corner of the building and, as a listed building and the oldest dwelling in the town, we have set up an online petition here to ask our local authority to ensure that the owners are maintaining the venerable dwelling. However we need your help! We implore all townsfolk with email accounts to sign this petition (you’ll need to sign it, then click a link sent yo your email account to confirm). For those that don’t have an email address, a more traditional paper version will be available from September at the museum and at our evening talks. (For obvious reasons, please only sign only one of them!)

Our objective: NPHS is concerned about the state of The Wrestlers, and we have written this petition to encourage the Local Authority and owners to work together to save the building. We hope that this petition will help them agree a solution that is satisfactory to all, but most importantly, safeguards Newport Pagnell heritage.

The Heritage Trail, September 2021

We have designed these self-guided town trails for people to complete in their own time, but if you’d like your answers to be marked, please post the completed trail through the NPHS Museum door at Chandos Court, Silver Street. Remember to put contact details on your sheet!


Newport Pagnell Historical Society (NPHS) was founded in 1984 by a small group interested in the buildings and people of the town and surrounding area and concerned in preserving the past for the future. By the 1990’s the thriving society, by its own fund raising efforts and with the generous help of the Harry Middleton Gift, was able to purchase and refurbish Chandos Hall and open it both as a Museum and the Society’s headquarters. The Society currently has around one hundred and seventy members who meet twice a month and is active in many aspects of the town and further afield including the preservation of historical buildings – many of which have been sadly lost in the past.

The Membership Fee is £10.00 for all ages (18+). Forms and dues can be paid at the museum or any evening talk.

Our address is: Newport Pagnell Historical Society, Chandos Hall, Silver Street, Newport Pagnell, Bucks, MK16 0EN .

Museum entrance

Chandos Hall (the museum) can be found down the alleyway between numbers 52-54 Silver Street, and is the white-painted building to the right at the end.

 

 

Supporting NPHS 🙂

Did you know? We are usually available as a charity for points and other donations when you shop. We appreciate all donations (especially items related to our town, and ‘time’ donations such as volunteering at events!).

We are an eligible charity with Amazon Smile at https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ (Amazon Smile charity page).

Such extra funding is crucial to help us maintain the museum collections and the Chandos Hall, and it helps us run our events as cheaply as possible. As someone somewhere might have once said: every little helps!

Some old pictures

  • Wombwell painting
  • A collection of Newport Pagnell jars and bottles

Newport Pagnell Historical Society would like to acknowledge and thank Alan Cooper – MKHA web administrator – for the friendly, cheerful and patient way he has assisted with this web site.