Blog entries for History

The Castle & The Spotted Dog

6th Mar 2017
There are two pubs today up at Cold Ash, The Castle and the Spotted Dog. I am ignoring the Sun-in-the-Wood in Ashmore Green and will come to that in...

The Kings Head

13th Feb 2017
It is not known when the King’s Head first served the public although it has been suggested it dates to the reign of King Charles I. I have a big...

Thatcham Pub History

7th Feb 2017
I have a number of local history books I am researching and writing. These are all based on Thatcham including Cold Ash, Ashmore Green and Crookham...

Did Thomas Barrie keep his ears?

3rd Feb 2017
Two years ago I wrote a post “Thomas Barrie, pillory, death and a ghost” the story of a Donnington almsman who allegedly spread false rumours that...

My History Talks

17th Oct 2016
UPDATE 7 Feb 2017 - For the most upto date list see "My Talks" page. Always being asked to give talks on either CPR and defibrillators, see...

Newbury 365 launched

17th Nov 2015
A new history book, Newbury 365, was launched at West Berkshire Museum on Saturday 14th October 2015. The book, written by Dr Nick Young, details at...