Blog entries for History

Thatcham, a village or town?

1st May 2017
Thatcham became a town in 1974 and to mark the 40th anniversary I presented a talk, '40 years a town', at the Thatcham Festival in 2014. However to...

Thatcham history tour

26th Apr 2017
I gave another Thatcham history tour on 24th April 2017 to members of Thatcham Historical Society.

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...