The 2023 Royal Time Capsule Project

8 June 2023

Time capsule project.

The Heritage Working Party, at Thatcham Town Council, team are working on a time capsule project and would like your involvement. What are they aiming for? The main aims of the project are to: What can you do? We are seeking materials to help us fulfil these aims. Space is limited (items may need to …

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Langford Way

8 June 2023

left to right, Dr Nick Young, Carole Langford, Eddie Langford, Thatcham Mayor Mark Lillycrop.

A new road in Thatcham was named after Malcolm Langford in March 2022, a well known and respected member of the community. The idea to distribute informational leaflets to the residents, explaining the significance of the road’s name, was proposed by Malcolm’s longtime friend, Bob Dewey. On Saturday, May 27th, 2023, the Mayor, accompanied by …

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Coronation Exhibition 2023

19 May 2023

Some of the exhibition materials shown.

During the day on the Sunday 7th May and Monday 8th May, Thatcham Historical Society held an exhibition on local history, specifically focusing on the monarchy, with various items of memorabilia and photographs from over the years on display. The exhibition went well, the team greeted a constant flow of visitors over the two days. …

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Lieutenant Colonel Vernon Watkins Urquhart

28 October 2022

Blue plaque for Lieutenant Colonel Vernon Watkins Urquhart.

On the 23rd October 2022 the Heritage Working Party of Thatcham Town Council unveiled their fifth blue plaque. This latest plaque was to commemorate Lieutenant Colonel Vernon Watkins Urquhart. Born in 1877 in West Bengal, India to parents Alexander Shaw Urquhart and Louisa Jane Urquhart (née Watkins), Vernon grew up in a large family and …

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Deserted Medieval Villages

25 September 2022

Henwick Manor Farm, c.1899. By Miss Thompson

Guest post by Ray Hopgood. Most people’s first contact with a Deserted Medieval Village (DMV) is seeing one referred to on an OS map. If the site is visited, then there will be little to see except humps and bumps in the ground. The first and obvious question asked is “why did these villages disappear?” …

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