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 been discontinued.

A Chronolological History of Olney

Click this link for a ‘potted’ or summary of Olney’s history followed by a more detailed chronological history of Olney in six sections. 

What was Olney like immediately after WW2? 

Elements of Olney’s Social History Post WW2 (!945 – 1960) are revealed by clicking the links to the following three sections on this website:
 1 Social History, 2 Leisure Pursuits & 3 Significant National Influences.
The original plan was to compile four sections, the fourth being Personal Recollections.  Section 4 has yet to be completed –  the ODHS is looking for volunteers to produce contributions to add to this Section. Are you up for it?

The ODHS is acutely aware that the more recent periods of Olney’s history since the end of WW2 have yet to be written. The completion of this task is now particularly urgent as the town’s culture has been dramatically transformed during this period, probably more than any other in its history. The transformation has arisen mainly from Olney’s major population growth resulting from the proximity of Milton Keynes. Moreover Olney’s current population who have experienced this cultural change are in the best position to record it for posterity! Again, are you interested in making a contribution?

Olney High Street – Heritage Trail (Smartphone/Audio Version)

Please be aware of the availability of a recent heritage trail uploaded to this website. One advantage of this trail is that it provides a superior audio presentation.  Another is that when using a smartphone the written text  can be largely ignored by the user in the first instance while taking the opportunity to examine the (enlargeable) photographs within the text.
Link to the Heritage Trail.

Are you aware of the ‘Coat of Arms’, ‘Badge’ or ‘Crest’ of the town of Olney? 

Check out their status using this link.






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

Link to Family History Guidance

Popular features on Olney’s 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:

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Popular articles on Olney’s History

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

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Site last updated: 8th March 2021

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