The Broadway

24 July 2021

At the top of the Broadway near where the millennium monument stands today once stood the Whipping Post, Stocks and a Maypole. The maypole eventually became unsafe and in c.1865 was removed. Like many towns Thatcham had at least one set of stocks and whipping post with the last person to be placed in the …

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Local history month

1 May 2021

Dunston House

For those who do not know May is Local history month. The society has previously taken part in this with a fact a day for the whole of May. A few of those facts: During the 1880’s there were about half a dozen smithies in the parish, probably the largest was that of Charles Wheeler …

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Walking history – Chapel Street

22 April 2021

New Inn on Chapel Street.

Chapel Street, which forms part of the A4, is often overlooked for its history and yet it is full of items from the medieval to the present. Starting from the West (the Broadway) end there are the often forgotten milestone and water pump. Milestones were placed on turnpiked roads and this stretch being turnpiked sometime …

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Welcome to 2021

13 February 2021

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Welcome to 2021. Our plans for 2021 have already been altered due to Covid-19, an update of our programme is given later. For all the latest events and news please keep checking in regularly to the website, From the chair Firstly I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! I hope …

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Thatcham Pub History

23 November 2020

The king's Head, Thatcham

We had a talk, online, on the history of the pubs of Thatcham which resulted in a few enquiries and memories. The history of the pubs, as was seen from the talk, a long and sometimes complicated one. The speaker has more detail on his website and we have, with permission, a copy of some …

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