Bishop's Waltham - its History

The Society has an important role to play in conducting research into the town’s history and publishing it.


For example, in 2014 it came as a shock to find that Bishop’s Waltham was in danger of completely overlooking an important anniversary – 2015 would be the 600th anniversary of Henry V staying at the Palace for two weeks whilst preparing to embark for France on the road to Agincourt. Just in time, this discovery led to the “Road to Agincourt” celebration held at the Palace by Bishop’s Waltham Town Team. A video of the event is available on YouTube. It was a remarkable example of cross-community collaboration (as the acknowledgements at the end of the video illustrate).


As part of the celebration, our chairman prepared an exhibition for the Museum. A pdf of it can be downloaded here [4.2 MB] (remember it is under copyright, but is free for personal non-profitmaking use!)


This discovery prompted an appraisal of other forthcoming anniversaries and we have put together a detailed list of those that occur over the next 25 years (download the BW Anniversaries 2021 document here). The Society updates this list every year and re-posts it on this website.


The 2021 list of anniversaries

The anniversaries are broken down into three groups: important Palace anniversaries, a number of (inevitably rather random) town anniversaries (both at 25 year intervals) and some organisational anniversaries (at 5 and 10 year intervals).


We would like to add more dates to all these groups – so please let us know of any more that you uncover by contacting our chairman Tony Kippenberger (via


Bishop’s Waltham Timeline

In 2018, the Bishop’s Waltham Museum asked our chairman if he would produce a timeline of Bishop’s Waltham’s history in abbreviated form for a display on their walls. The timeline now covers – in four separate charts – the period from 10,000 BC to 2018!


A pdf of it can be downloaded here [335 KB] (remember it is under copyright, but is free for personal non-profitmaking use!). It is possible that a larger, wallchart version might be made available for sale.

All the Society’s publications also trace the town’s history in greater detail (see Our Publications).