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Donisthorpe & District Local History Group

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About Donisthorpe & District Local History Group

The group formed in 2001 to promote interest and awareness of the history of the Parish of Oakthorpe, Donisthorpe and Acresford. The area was mentioned in Domesday Book but little is known about the village until records were kept during the 17th century.
We currently have 12 members.

How to Contact us

Write to:
B.W. Jones (Secretary)
12 Buttercup Avenue
DE12 7 RR

01530 274 172

Email: bw.rj@virgin.net

Meeting Details:
We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at DM’s in Donisthorpe. New members are always welcome.

Our Aims and Objectives

The aims and objectives of the group are to research and record the history of the villages in the Parish, covering such aspects as

• Social History
• Genealogy
• Buildings
• Archaeology

We intend to produce a series of booklets which will record the findings of our research. The group aims to work with schools, and other bodies in the Parish, by providing a resource which can be used to encourage and promote pupils’ interest in their heritage.
Our main interests are in tracing Roman and Pre Roman activities in the area.

Current Projects

Activities currently being undertaken by members include research into the history of various aspects of Donisthorpe such as

• Railways
• Shops
• Churches
• Medical
• Pubs etc

Members are also actively involved in Archaeological work involving the use of metal detectors and field walking.

The group is putting together a social history of Donisthorpe, which we will be researching for the next 2 or 3 years, as well as investigating Roman and Pre Roman activities.

In the near future we intend to carry out fieldwork on some Iron Age and Prehistoric features which have been identified within the Parish, and to record a Roman road which passes through the Parish.