Blog entries for History

Wormstalls Charity

20th Apr 2017
Having given a few talks on the history of Newbury recently (2016/7) I find myself defending what I believe about Newbury Grammar School, or rather...

St Luke's or St Mary's?

29th Mar 2017
Most towns have a place of religious worship, a church or chapel for example. Thatcham is no different and Kemp1 suggested that Thatcham might have...

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...