During the summer of 2009 one of our local residents was circulating questionnaires inviting those of us living in and around Threapwood to answer some questions as to how we would like to see our village as part of a Village Design Statement relative to then and in the future.
One of the questions asked residents to indicate what they would like to see included in any such initiative and it came across loud and clear that a lot of people would like to know more about the history of the village.
This was duly noted and names of willing potential researchers were collated and consequently in October 2009 the first meeting of the group was held in Tallarn Green Chapel rooms to discuss where and how best to develop this idea.
Since then a small committee have met regularly through the winter months and have organised an Open Evening in October 2010 and a village Historical Walk in May 2011 to which local residents were invited to come along and hear/see what had been discovered to date.
The committee during this time have been conducting interviews with local residents who have either lived in the village all of their lives and/or have lived here for most of their lives, also including an interview with an evacuee from Liverpool plus visits to local record offices as well as researching the huge influence that from 1650 until 1961 Broughton Hall in the centre of the village had on the local community and its development into what we see today.
Sometimes it has been difficult to research some topics due where the village is, being on the English/Welsh border where Cheshire used to meet Denbighshire, Clwyd and Flintshire with nearby Shropshire. Threapwood used to be an area of lawlessness and indeed was ex-parochial and outside of the law for many years so records for the future were not in the forefront of our predecessors minds!
This is an ongoing process of collating and archiving information whilst at the same time providing the opportunity for local residents to access and learn about their village history thereby fulfilling the needs of the request in the original questionnaire in 2009.
Have a look at our website which along with our continued research is continuing to develop and to provide a valuable form of access to the many aspects of our village history.
David Paton - Facilitator email