Eastwell Village Hall

Eastwell Village Hall on opening day

Eastwell History Group

Come along and enjoy a fascinating series of presentations covering the history of Eastwell and surrounding area, the people who lived there and the events that shaped its story.



The Group carries out a wide range of activities, the most high-profile of which is the conservation of the ex-Eastwell Ironstone Co. locomotive ‘Lord Granby’ (see below). In addition, we research local history throughout the ages, undertake historical walks of the village and of the routes of the ironstone mining, and hold a variety of social and fund-raising events. For more information and to book your place on any activity please contact:

John Wood - john@lordgranbyrail.org.uk or 01949 861836.

See below on how to become a member.

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Did you know we have a 100 Club for the conservation of ‘Lord Granby’ our

ex-Eastwell Ironstone Co. locomotive; in service from 1902 to 1959?  


Just £5 per month gives you entry into the monthly draw for cash prizes.  Your support for this project is extremely important to us.


For more information contact John Wood - john@lordgranbyrail.org.uk or 01949 861836 or visit www.lordgranbyrail.org.uk for full details.


For the latest on the Lord Granby project visit our Facebook page


Fundraising Tea Towel – Get Yours Now - £4

The ‘Countryman’s Weather Sayings’ tea towel is now available and it is already selling well. At just £4 to members and supporters it is great value and makes an ideal present or even a wall-hanging display.  All proceeds go to Eastwell History Group funds.To reflect Eastwell’s rural community, it is based on the weather sayings of typical local countrymen and is a good quality cotton towel.  It makes an ideal present; get one for each of your friends.Contact John on 01949 861836 or see Alan at Crossroads Farm when you call for your farm-fresh milk from the vending machine – just £1 per litre.

Lord Granby and the 100 Club

EHG Lord Granby locomotive

Sunday 28th July.  Starting at 2:30pm

Village Guided Walk 


As there are now so many recent arrivals to the village often from outside the Vale, we think that now is the time to spread some knowledge of the very interesting history of Eastwell.  As a result we are organising a guided walk for anyone, resident or not, to hear some of the history.

The Walk will start at 2:30pm at Eastwell Church for a short explanation of the origins and artefacts of this 1,000 years old place of worship within the building and grounds.  This will be followed by a guided tour of the village stopping at such places as Gyes Garth, The Priests House, Beechgrove Quarry and a host of other interesting sites.  We estimate the tour will take up to an hour and then we will retire to Eastwell Village Hall for afternoon tea and a short slide show of some of the historical activities.  We also hope to have with us some of the longer-standing residents of the village who will be able to reminisce about some of the characters of old, the tradesmen who regularly called in the village and the arrival of mains services.

This will be a very interesting day for all.  There will not be a charge, although Eastwell History Group will appreciate any donations that walkers feel appropriate.

In order that we are able to cater for food and drink and for the number of guides it will help us to know by Friday 19th July if you plan to attend and how many will be in your party.  We look forward to you joining us.  Please Email john@lordgranbyrail.org.uk or call 01949 861836.


Saturday 17th August

Eastwell Fete. We plan to put in an appearance at this year’s Eastwell Fete. We hope to transport the cab of ‘Lord Granby’ to the fete and provide the opportunity for visitors to take photographs of their friends looking through the cab windows with facsimiles of the working clothes of the ironstone workers, rather like the sort of thing seen at the seaside.  We shall also be promoting the conservation work done on ‘Lord Granby’.


Sunday 1st September at Crossroads Farm, Eastwell

Vale History Groups Get-together . We believe there is value in co-ordinating our work with other history groups in the Vale.  All groups find it a challenge to get enough active participants for some events and it may be that greater levels of mutual support would help.  As a result we plan to have a picnic afternoon on  We shall invite the Vale history groups and ask them to bring artefacts for display and discussion.  This will be an open event.


Saturday 26th October at 7:00pm, Eastwell Village Hall

Steam Dinner. Many of you will remember the two Steam Dinners held in recent years to raise funds for our steam locomotive ‘Lord Granby’. They comprised a two-course high quality meal.  These have been great social events and several people have asked us to run this again. More details will be available later.


Wednesday 30th October, 7:30pm, Eastwell Village Hall

Annual General Meeting.


We rely on the subscriptions received from members and the more members we have the more we are able to do.  If you are not already a member you can easily become one by making a payment of £10 to:

CAF Bank, sort code 40-52-40, account number 00027119, Eastwell History Group.  

If you can set up a standing order for this with your bank you will be even more welcome!