Higham Chichele Society

the local history group in Higham Ferrers

Since its formation in 1997, the Society has sought to generate an interest in history and to help undertake and promote research into the town's past, so that this and future generations can greater understand and appreciate the history and heritage of Higham Ferrers

Our society meets regularly on the last Friday of each month at 9.30 am in the Bede House, in the grounds of the St. Mary's Church, Higham Ferrers.

The next Speaker Meeting will be held on Friday 27th May 2022 when Tracy Clarke will give a talk about Wicksteed Park. There will be no charge for members at this meeting.

Annual subscriptions for the coming year will be due at this meeting. These were agreed at the AGM to be £5.00 per individual member or £8.00 per couple.

New members are very welcome. Why not come along!

The Society's 2019 Exhibition was opened by the mayor, Councillor Chris O'Rourke and enjoyed during the week by over 400 children from the Town's Junior Schools

Henry Chichele

Higham Ferrers’ most famous son, Henry Chichele, became Archbishop of Canterbury to King Henry V in 1414.

Henry was the youngest of the three sons of Thomas and Agnes Chichele and the family lived at 67 High Street, Higham Ferrers. Henry's father Thomas was a yeoman farmer and was Mayor of the Borough in 1381/82.

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H. E. Bates

Herbert Ernest Bates CBE, who wrote as H. E. Bates, was an English writer and author.

‘Higham Ferrers has a very special place in my affections: not because I was born there, but because all the really golden days of my childhood seem in retrospect to have been in and about it.’…

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Historic Trail

As you approach the centre of the town you will see stone buildings and raised pavements that lead to the Market Square, which is surrounded by many old and historically interesting buildings.

St. Mary’s Church stands like a beacon pinpointing the town from all approaches, with its beautiful steeple towering above the local area.

Take this opportunity to explore the historic town of Higham Ferrers.

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