Historical Society

'IN PERSON' MEETINGS resuming for March and April 2022

We are delighted that 'in person' meetings are back for the end of the 2021/22 season, with talks by Eric Garrett and Brian Kemp.  Please note that the venue for these meetings is the Parish Hall Tockington, to allow for greater physical distancing, and the timing has changed to 2.30pm in the afternoon


All welcome.

£2 entry, incl. refreshments. Covid precautions will be in place (incl. masks)



March 2022 - April 2022

Wed. 2 Mar. 2022, 2.30pm, Parish Hall:

Eric Garrett will be sharing his researches on Church Hill, The Common and Ley Lane, historically very interesting areas of Olveston.

Wed. 6 Apr. 2022, 2.30pm, Parish Hall:

Before the April talk, a short EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting - half an hour) will be held to recognise the contributions of several retiring committee members and to elect a new committee for 2022/23. 

Brian Kemp will then share with us his researches into the First 500 years of Olveston Court and Manor. 



The 2022/23 PROGRAMME will be posted here when it has been agreed.  The first meeting is likely to be on the first Wednesday in October 2022.



Scroll down the page to find the 'Graveyard Survey' link.  Here you can find out all about the Historical Society's project to transcribe and digitise the transcriptions of all the graves and memorials in Olveston church and churchyard.


The Society 

The society was formed in 1966 to "promote interest in the history of Olveston and the surrounding areas and to collect and preserve documentary and photographic records". The Society meets at the Methodist Church on the first Wednesday of each month from October to April.  Talks usually have a local connection, either through the subject matter or the speaker.  In the summer months we usually have two trips, often following up talks given during the previous winter. Visitors are always very welcome at all our meetings.

You can use these links to find out more about:


This photo shows an OPHS trip to Owlpen Manor in Gloucestershire

OPHS visit to Owlpen Manor


Contact details for Olveston Parish Historical Society:

  • Chair, principal contact and holder of the society's publications:  Les Harper  01454 612304


  • Society Archivist:  Eric Garrett  01454 613019


  • Programme Secretaries:  Jenny & Richard Newley  01454 202011 


  • Membership Secretary & Treasurer: Anne Young  01454 412528  









































Events are usually held at the Methodist Church, The Street, Olveston BS35 4DR at 7.30pm.  

Existing and new members are welcomed, as are visitors. 

Annual membership fee (which gives free entry to the entire season of talks):  has, until now, been £8. 

N.B. We predict that our October 2020 AGM, which will be conducted by email with existing members, will decide to set a nil subscription for the 2020-21 year. 

Entry to single talk:  Normally, £2 payable at the door.