History 3 - May Zoom Meeting

Wed 26th May, 10 am: History 3,
Bless this House'
speaker Michelle Howes

How people sought to protect their buildings and their occupants in medieval times.

Examples of witches marks
History 3 - April Zoom Meeting

Wed 28th April, 10 am: History 3,
'A History of Fast Writing'
speaker Liz Tarrant (Beckenham u3a)

Pitman Shorthand
History 3 - Zoom Meetings June

Wed 23rd June 'London Frost Fairs' -
speaker Mike Stringer

For various reasons (not all of them meteorological) the last such fair, i.e. the last time the lower reaches of the River Thames froze sufficiently solid to allow a great range of activities on the ice (including nearly a dozen printing presses!) was in 1814. In that year solar activity was quite low and a number of substantial volcanic eruptions worldwide (including La Soufriere in St Vincent, which was recently in the headlines again) caused a lowering of global temperatures.

Although the frost fairs may have been relatively few in number (the one before 1814 was in 1789) they were clearly memorable events in our history – so we have another unusual and interesting talk to look forward to.

Painting of a Frost Fair
History 3 - March Zoom Meeting

Wed 24th March, 10 am: History 3,
A History of Dartmoor Prison: The Early Years'
speaker Tony Westaway

Planned for closure in 2023, this 200+ year old prison is one of Devon's leading tourist attractions. It has proved the inspiration for film makers, TV shows and novelists. The story of how it came to be built in an almost inaccessible and competely desolate part of England is intriguing as is its links to the gambling debts of a member of the Royal family. The story is full of amazing characters, mutinies, riots, escapes and even opera!

It is impossible to cover all 200+ years in 45 minutes and so Tony's talk will concentrate on the early years.

Photo of Dartmoor Prison
Copyright: Lewis Clarke
Prisoner's leaving Dartmoor Prison
Prisoners leaving for work duties. c 1900
History 3 - February Zoom Meeting

Wed 24th February, 10 am: History 3,

WG Hoskins and the Making of the English Landscape'

speaker Marilyn Palmer

w g hoskins photo
Cutty Sark

History 3


A group of enthusiastic members who meet on a monthly basis and who have an interest in all aspects of history. We aim to develop those varied interests through talks by our members, invitations to speakers and arranging visits to places of significant historical interest.

Where and When

Venue: Church Hall, Good Shepherd Church, Park Road, Loughborough, LE11 2HJ
Frequency: Monthly
Day: 4th Wednesday of the Month
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Other Information

Group Charge: £13.00 per annum
Group Size: 70

Contact Details

Group Leader: Jim Miller
Telephone: Visit Members Area
Email: History3@charnwoodu3a.org.uk

History 3 - About Us

A committee of five work very closely to create a varied annual programme of activities and in addition an informative newsletter is sent out to all members on a monthly basis detailing group activities.

Members agree to pay a reasonable annual subscription fee to cover administrative costs.