Gretton Local History Society

The Gretton Local History Society was formed in 1989, and has gradually accumulated a substantial archive of memories, documents and photographs, some of which were used to mount an exhibition in 1994.

We are always pleased to receive anything which is of local interest, memories, photographs, or documents, all of which add to the portrait of Gretton in the past.

Society meetings are held every two months in the village hall with a variety of interesting talks, and outings are arranged in the summer. If you are interested in carrying out research please contact us, as it is a worthwhile and interesting hobby, and we are always grateful for extra help.

The Society publishes the magazine Taking Stock, which highlights particular facets of Gretton village life. Recent editions have concentrated on the village pubs, working life and children in Gretton. The latest edition of the Society's magazine, Taking Stock of Gretton Archives, features many of the interesting items from the Society's archives. It is available from Gretton Post Office at a cost of £3.

Details of all copies of Taking Stock and other publications can be found on our List of Publications page. Copies can be obtained by sending a cheque, payable to "Gretton Local History Society", to Ann Craske at the address below.

If you are interested in joining the Society, annual membership is £8 (£6 for concessions). Entrance to meetings is free to members, and £3 for non-members.


     Secretary              Speaker Secretary and Archivist
Ann Craske Elisabeth Jordan
Chantry Cottage Green Man Cottage
5 High Street 9 Corby Road
Gretton Gretton
Corby Corby
Northants. NN17 3DE Northants. NN17 3BN
Phone: (01536) 771102 Phone: (01536) 770478
E-mail: E-mail:

Gretton Parish Records

The Society holds transcripts of the Parish Church registers of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials from 1558 to the 20th century (various dates) in alphabetical order of family name.

The Society also holds transcripts of the Census Returns for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911, also in alphabetical order of family name.

Transcriptions have been made of 39 wills from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, copies of which are available on request. Click here for details of the available wills.

The inscriptions on burial monuments in both the Parish Church and the Baptist Church burial grounds have been recorded and transferred to computer, and are now available by family name.

The Society is always pleased to be of help, so please get in touch if there is anything else we can offer you. We should also be pleased to receive a copy of the results of your research to add to our archives. Your enquiries and contributions should be directed to Elisabeth Jordan, at the address above.


Society Meetings for 2015

All meetings are held on Thursdays at 7.30pm in Gretton Village Hall.
19 March
"Conservation" by Natasha Trenwith
A talk on the conservation of the Northamptonshire wills collection, with an
overview of what conservation is and how she goes about it.
21 May
"Wood-turners and Carvers of King's Cliffe Past" by Sue Trow-Smith
As well as slides to illustrate this talk Mrs Trow-Smith will bring some samples
of the wood-turners' craft.
23 July
"Growing Up in Kettering" by Malcolm Deacon
One of our favourite speakers returns with stories of Kettering in the 1940s
and 1950s. It will be a serio-comic personal reflection of then life in Britain.
17 September    
"Food, Glorious Food" by Jon-Paul Carr
A history of food, feasting and food production in Northamptonshire from
1837 to the present.
This meeting will be followed by the Society's AGM
19 November
To be confirmed



The Roll of Honour, detailing the servicemen on Gretton War Memorial who died in World Wars 1 & 2, can now be found on the internet.

Please CLICK HERE to display the Roll of Honour.



An exhibition was held in July 2003, in Gretton Village Hall, to mark the 125th anniversary of the keying of the last arch of the Welland Viaduct.

A new publications was launched at the exhibition, details of which are given below. To purchase the book please send a cheque payable to "Gretton Local History Society" to Ann Craske at the address above. Please include the charge for postage and packing as detailed below.

A facsimile reprint of the 19th century book


by Rev D W Barratt

Provides a first-hand account of navvy life during construction of the Welland Viaduct.

£14.99      Postage & Packing: £1.50


Enhance your PC with the

Gretton Screensaver

Over 40 photographs of the village and Welland Viaduct displayed in a random sequence with 30 different transitions.

Produced by Gretton Local History Society.

Only £2 on CD-ROM. Available from Ann Craske at the address above.

Other Internet Sites of Local Interest

    Gretton - a Northamptonshire Village              Deene Park
    Kettering Civic Society        Rockingham Castle
    Northamptonshire People and Places           Welland Viaduct
    UK + Ireland Genealogy - Northamptonshire                Kirby Hall
    1st Gretton Cubs and Scouts Group                Rutland Water


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Last updated 9 September 2014 - Maurice Kellner