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Interpretation panels unveiling

15 July 2019

Thatcham Town Council are delighted to invite members of the public to the unveiling of its two 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 …

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The Plough

1 June 2019

The Plough Pub

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. The earliest mention we have so far of the pub is to an Edward Farrow in 1795, …

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Coaching and coach horns

1 April 2019

The society welcomed Colin Pawson to the talk tonight. Colin presented a history of coaching and coach horns. Roads of the time, 16th century and on were essentially compacted earth. These became dust bowls in the summer and wet bogs in the winter. Coaches would have wheels 9 inches wide as a minimum so as …

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The Mary Rose

1 March 2019

Alan Turton opened the talk by noting that despite common belief the Mary Rose didn’t capsize and that the ship could have been recovered shortly after sinking. The ship was described as the “flower of the Kings Navy” and was amongst the first to have gun ports. It remains a mystery as to the cause …

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