Restarting talks

13 September 2021

Thatcham Historical Society

Due to various things beyond our control we are unable to hold a face-to-face speaker meeting for September, instead we will continue with an online talk for this month. We do hope to be able to arrange with all parties to be able to start again with face-to-face meetings in October. We will of course …

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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

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

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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