Westbury Society

The Westbury Society provides opportunities for local residents and others to learn about and become involved in the archaeology, wildlife and local history of Westbury-sub-Mendip and its surroundings.

Westbury Society activities include:

  • Monthly lectures in Westbury Village Hall – see Events calendar for details
  • Weekly archaeology group meetings – see Events calendar for details
  • Annual butterfly, swift and glow-worm surveys. Download the Butterfly Survey here: Butterfly Survey Form draft
  • Occasional outings to lectures and places of interest

We publish several different items:

  • Westbury Walks – descriptions of walks in and around the parish available from the Village Shop. Download sample walk here Hollybrook Walk 
  • Westbury Calendar – annual calendar with photographs from the village
  • Archaeological reports – see caf.archaeologyuk.org/WestburySociety for examples
  • Detailed list of baptisms in St Lawrence church up to 1920. Click here Westbury Baptisms for a downloadable .pdf **
  • Detailed list of marriages in St Lawrence church up to 1920. Click here Westbury Marriages for a downloadable .pdf **
  • Detailed list of burials in St Lawrence churchyard up to 1920. Click here:  Westbury Burials for a downloadable .pdf **
  • Newspaper articles about the local Home Guard Auxiliary Units. These were specially trained, highly-secret quasi-military units created by the British government during the Second World War with the aim of using irregular warfare in response to a possible invasion of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany. For background click here: Auxiliary_Units  The downloadable articles are in the sidebar on the right of this page.
  • Three downloadable MS Excel spreadsheets giving details of the memorial stones in St Lawrence churchyard. The People and Details spreadsheets have separate tabs for each person or memorial; tabs are usually found at the bottom of the Excel screen.  Westbury Churchyard Memorials List , Westbury Churchyard Memorials People , Westbury Churchyard Memorials Details

** The amount of data in these files means the print size is small, so we suggest you increase the magnification to 150% or more to read them.

Contact details:

  •  email: Please use the form at the bottom of this page
  •  Peter Bright 01749 870640
  •  Andrew Buchanan 01749 870404

Local Information:

Useful websites:

Archaeology & Local History

Wells & Mendip Museum  www.wellsmuseum.org.uk

Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society  www.sanhs.org/index

Somerset Record Office  www1.somerset.gov.uk/archives/

Wildlife and Conservation

Somerset Wildlife Trust   www.somersetwildlife.org

Mendip Hills AONB    www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk

Butterfly Conservation Trust   butterfly-conservation.org

Hawk & Owl Trust   hawkandowl.org

RSPB  www.rspb.org.uk

Bat Conservation Trust www.bats.org.uk

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