On Monday 24th June 2013, Rob Bradford gave a very different talk which he dedicated to the late Peter Allen.
On Monday 29th April 2013, Dr David Peacock gave us a most interesting talk on’ A history of Sandleford Priory,’ which was founded about 12 hundred and was an Augustinian priory for around 150 years. The Augustinian order had a slightly more relaxed attitude to mixing with the larger community and had its share of scandal when one of the canons was sacked for not only living with a female but also pawning priory valuables.
On Monday 25th March 2013, Phil Wood gave a talk packed with fascinating details on ‘The History of Pubs in Newbury.’
His history began with the Bullock Inn of 1423, which was situated on the west side of Northbrook Street and The Tiger (1438) in Bartholomew Street which had permission to accommodate up to 38 people in its 6 rooms! We learnt that licences were introduced in 1552 and by 1577 there were over 30 pubs in Newbury. By 1692 there were 6 pubs one side of the Market Place alone.