Welcome to Bishop's Tachbrook

History Group

Anne Kirby: 01926 336749
Email: breakfast42@tiscali.co.uk

Formed in 2000 to encourage interest in local history it offers the 35 members a lively programme of talks, events, outings and projects.


£10 per year for annual subscription.

Benefits of membership:

  • Free attendance at meetings (with refreshments)
  • Discount on cost of outings and social events

Visitors are welcome to meetings for a charge of £2 (including refreshments).


We meet  at St Chad’s Church on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. 2.30pm in winter; 7.30pm in summer so that we can include villagers who can’t attend the afternoon meetings.

We have talks by interesting speakers on a wide range of historical subjects and outings in the summer months.


Projects have included:

  • Design and sale of Christmas cards and notelets featuring photos of the village
  • Calendars illustrated with old photographs of villagers and local scenes
  • Research and Publication of the book BISHOP’S TACHBROOK PAST AND PRESENT – The Story of a Warwickshire Village, edited by Jeannette Oubridge.  Details below
  • DVD of Film TACHBROOK TIMES a lively account of the village through the ages.


We have regular outings as a group. pPast outings have included:

  • Avoncroft Museum of Endangered Buildings, Bromsgrove
  • Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick
  • Alvechurch: to view the manufacturer of Antique Stained Glass
  • Sulgrave Manor, nr Banbury
  • Hill Close Gardens, Warwick
  • Ardington House, nr Wantage
  • Hardwick Hall
  • Milton Manor
  • Coughton Court
  • Back-to-Backs, Birmingham
  • Warwick County Record Office
  • Lichfield Cathedral
  • Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton, Etc.

Keep  an eye on the webpage calendar and Parish Magazine for future events!


The Story of a Warwickshire Village

Our book, edited by Jeannette Oubridge, was published by the village History Group in 2008, and is an outstanding account of village life from its early beginnings to the present day.  It has been hailed as a fascinating and outstanding work of research and recorded memories.

  • Size – A4
  • 200 pages
  • 300 photographs and maps.

Chapters Include:

  • Ancient Beginnings
  • St Chad’s Church
  • The Village School – 1771 to 2008
  • Houses and their Stories
  • Well-known Families
  • Villagers’ Stories
  • The Wartime
  • Village Activites.

£9.00  (£13.0 including UK postage and packing) available from breakfast42@tiscali.co.uk


30 minute film on DVD

This 30 minute film on DVD covers the history of the village from the Iron Age to the present day.  The film is based on the book “Bishop’s Tachbrook – Past and Present” and was written and directed in 2011 by local resident Greg Cole, in association with Heartbreak Productions.  It was filmed and edited by Leigh Rodgers.  Greg wanted to awaken in children and newcomers an interest and pride in the village and also renew the memories of older residents.  It includes interviews with historians and with current residents, as well as old documentary film clips.

£5.00  (£7.00 including UK postage and packing) available from breakfast42@tiscali.co.uk