Our Village Book

Marston Magna “Our Village” in the 20th Century

The year 2015 marked the 100th anniversary of the formation of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes and it was also the 90th anniversary of the WI formed in our village. Six members of Marston Magna WI undertook the challenge to compile this story to mark the occasion of these anniversaries.

The aim was to convey the essence of “Our Village” as it fought its way through a century of breathtaking change. The greatest change from 1900 to 2000 was the introduction of the motor vehicle and alongside it, mechanisation in the farming industry. These two innovations transformed a quiet backwater village into a noisy busy thoroughfare and provoked a major loss of employment for the men of the village.

You will discover :

Stories of village families and inspiring personalities as well as a century of childhood experiences.

A comprehensive resumé of the development of farming in these critical years.

Accounts of the massive impact on village life made by two world wars.

The history of the church and the village school

….and above all, the fun people had, but also evidence of their thoughtfulness and kindness at every turn of the century.


Copies of the book priced £12 are available from

Jenny Dench 01935 850593

Or Elizabeth Crouch 01935 850329