Founded in January 1992, Holt Local History Society has gone from strength to strength in sustaining such longevity in their community.

The society aims to engage in interesting talks and to research and record different historical aspects of the village of Holt.

The society also has a range of successful publications including A Pictorial History of Holt (2000), which saw 1,000 copies sell out.

Following this success, the group then went on to publish Holt’s Hidden History (2013) which covered the findings from archaeological investigations around the village.


Other local initiatives the society has been part of include a Historical Village Trail, a Village History Day in partnership with Wrexham Museum, and an exhibition called ‘Hidden Holt’ which told the story of a Roman site and was held at Wrexham Museum, which resulted in an impressive feat of being recognised with a ‘Society for Museum Archaeology’ award.

Throughout the pandemic, Covid did not deter the local historians from having their meetups, as Zoom ensured members still managed to hold their talks, before resuming meetings at Holt community centre last month.

Originally from Northern Ireland, society chair, Sue Payne shared how the Holt Local History Society’s origins took place: “I came to live in Holt in 1974. I soon realised what a very interesting place it was.

“In 1991, I was approached by a colleague who felt that such an interesting village would benefit from a history group in which she and her husband could take a joint interest.

“Following a village open meeting, the society was born, and the rest is, so to speak – history!”

With 103 members, Sue expressed her gratitude for the society’s endurance for the past 30 years: “I thank all in the society for their loyalty and support, without which we would not be the successful society that we have continued to be for 30 years.”

Anyone who would like more information on the group is encouraged to email Sue at