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Interpretation panels unveiling

Thatcham Town Council are delighted to invite members of the public to the unveiling of its 2 new heritage interpretation panels exploring the rich history of the town. The Town Council’s Heritage Working Party launched their commemorative blue plaque scheme in 2018 with the inaugural plaque unveiled on the Kings Head Public House, commemorating its importance in the creation of mail coach runs. When researching potential subjects and locations it became apparent that there was a wealth of history focussed in and around Thatcham Broadway with no where suitable to erect a plaque. It was then...Read more

The Plough

The Plough Pub was the topic of a few enquiries at a recent event. The building is believed to date to 17th century with 19th century additions and a few 20th century too. It is a listed building. Some more background on it at our chairmans website . The earliest mention we have so far of the pub is to an Edward Farrow in 1795, it may be that it was a pub before this date. The Plough name in general seems to come from: the agricultural plough; or the constellation Ursa Major. Which is the origin of our Plough? Firstly the most recent pub sign shows the agricultural plough, a decade or so ago...Read more

Chamberhouse Castle

We have been writing articles for The Local Buzz magazine for a little while. Here is a copy of one of the articles: Many historic buildings are hidden in plain sight. For example Thatcham House, Thatcham Farm, Monks Chambers and Crown House are all historic buildings that can easily be seen within a few minutes of the town centre. However how many know that there was once a castle a short distance away? Chamberhouse was once part of the Crookham Estate. It is commonly thought the name is derived from the 13th century owner, Roger de la Chambre. The estate became the property of Sir John Pury...Read more

Tomlin Popup Exhibition

Thatcham Historical Society officially opened the Tomlin Popup exhibition tonight (8th October). A range of guests from the local community and organisations heard a short talk about the exhibition. The exhibition is a partnership between the libraries services, West Berkshire Museum and Thatcham Historical Society. The museum is aiming to have popup exhibitions in surrounding towns and villages, this being the second popup exhibition. Chairman of Thatcham Historical Society, Nick Young, said " the idea is not only to promote the museum but to showcase some of the materials and highlight the...Read more

Newbury Walking History Tours

There are a series of "Explore Newbury Walking Tours 2018" taking place over the next few weeks. Please see attached for full details.Read more

Antiques and collectables

Stewart Hofgartner joined us tonight, 30th April 2018, to look at members antiques and collectables. Members were invited to bring items along for Stewart to not only value but tell us something about the items. One of the first items looked at was a small metal bull with a bristle back. The item dated to the second half of the 1800's and turned out to be a pen wipe. Other items viewed and talked about included bells, bracelets, fish knives and bread forks. There was a wide range covering various aspects of history from the last several hundred years.Read more

Local Heritage Roadshow

Fancy joining us and discovering many other local heritage groups. Then why not pop along to the "Local Heritage Roadshow" in April? West Berkshire Museum, Saturday 28 April 2018, 11am - 3pm Meet members of the archaeological and heritage societies in West Berkshire Find out how our heritage is promoted across the district Discover interesting research into the district’s heritage Speak to West Berkshire Heritage staff about their work Get involved with your local historyRead more

The Story of Greenham Common

Local historian Penny Stokes spoke tonight (26th Feb 2018) on "The Story of Greenham Common." Penny noted that although we often think of RAF Greenham Common there is much more history tot he area, an area that technically is Greenham and Crookham Commons. There was once common land stretching along the length of the southern border of Berkshire, much of little interest or of use for farming. In 1872 one of the biggest military maneuvers took place with over 16,000 soldiers encamped on the common for two days. Two hundred years prior Parliamentarian soldiers would have been moving across the...Read more

Welcome to 2018

Thatcham Historical Society held their Annual General Meeting on the evening of the 29 th January 2018. The acting chair, Alf Wheeler, started the evening welcoming all those present and recalling the events of 2017. Alf noted that “ we started the year with a depleted committee, but luckily were able to enroll Julie Armstrong as Chair and Ann Dibble as Secretary. A variety of speaker meetings were held, ranging from canal history to prehistoric history in Wessex. The society has helped in community engagements such as assisting St Mary’s Church by providing a written commentary and...Read more