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Shipley History Society

Shipley History Society

An active group within the Parish who meet for walks and talks throughout the year. If you have an interest in local and regional history and want to discuss your passion with like-minded individuals then see the news bulletin and forthcoming events file below.

The latest newsletter is listed below. The Society is commemorating Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee by recalling the memories of some of us old enough to have witnessed the events. The details are attached below.

For anyone interested in military history, the Shipley Parish Roll Of Honour can be viewed below as well as in our beautiful church. 

A 10-year review is listed below.

Bob Phillips - at the Shipley Parish Council meeting held in March 2024, the Chairman (Cllr Matthew Payne) paid tribute to Bob Phillips, a Freeman of Shipley Parish who sadly passed recently. A short note of Bob's significant achievements and service to the parish can be found attached below. In October 2021, the South Downs Generation Project interviewed Bob about his life, you can watch it HERE

War Biographies - war biographies from both world wars can be accessed via the drop-down menu from this page. World War One biographies here and World War Two biographies here.

Shipley Memoirs - Please find below some local Shipley memoirs and also for the most recently added.

Shipley School Research - A couple of our committee members have been transcribing the old Shipley School logbooks.

  • 1872 to 1905 logs are attached below.
  • 1927 to 1944 logs are attached below.

Letters Home - In the Parish Magazine at the end of 1914 the Vicar of Shipley, The Reverend A.C. Baker, invited relatives of those serving their country to submit extracts from letters home for publication. Just two were published - see file below.

Setting up the Shipley Roll of Honour and War Memorial Tablet 1914 - 1918 - The Vicar of Shipley, The Reverend Baker, wrote in the October 1914 edition of the Shipley Parish magazine. See below for details.

Shipley 1916

1915 ended in a sombre mood. The Vicar, the Reverend Baker wrote in December “At the commencement of the War the opposing armies marched out under the new excitement of war, full of strength and confidence. There were, as yet, no devastated homes and no long lists of casualties – it was purely a test of arms and valour, but now it is more a contest of endurance”. Up to this time Shipley had lost two men but 1916 was to call for even more endurance from parishioners. More details below.

Shipley School Log Book for Boys’ 1905 – 1917 - An analysis of key issues affecting the school. More details below.

Shipley History Society Committee

  • Chairman - Derek Larcombe 01403 740048
  • Vice Chaiman - Claire Searle
  • Secretary - Jean Wright 01403 741986 [email protected]
  • Treasurer/ Membership - Ray Wright
  • Meetings Secretaries - Lucy West, Sue Horner
  • Director Of Research - Sue Horner
  • Technical Support - Ian Miles and Malcolm Green
  • Publicity - Gina Larcombe