It was in 1987 that seeds were sown to awaken Thelma’s interest in Newington’s village history. One was a memorial slab in St Mary the Virgin Church and the other was a hand written history of Newington, compiled by a school girl in 1931. Thelma then began collecting old photographs and her research took on a more serious note. She wrote a brief history for the village appraisal report in 1987 and has been a keen researcher and writer ever since.
Thelma’s first book ‘Newington Times Past’ was published in 2002 and has been well received both at home and abroad. This publication is in black and white and contains very early history up to the 1960s. It also includes many old photographs from the early 1920s plus maps and drawings from local artists.
Thelma’s second book ‘Newington Street and Place Names’ was published at the end of 2013 and hopefully answers many questions so often asked about Newington. This publication is in full colour and explains the meaning and history behind all the streets, farms and original manor estates in Newington. It also includes more maps and drawings, plus a pictorial of the village as seen today.
It has been written that Newington is a place of no interest. If you ‘dig’ and ‘delve’ deep enough you will uncover a wealth of fascinating knowledge about the past and the people who were here before.