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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Her Majesty The Queen

8 September 2022

Her Majesty The Queen,

We are deeply saddened by the news of the death of Her Majesty The Queen, the UK’s longest reigning monarch. Our thoughts and sympathies to the Royal Family at this sad time.

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Berkshire Heritage Fair

27 July 2022

Berkshire Heritage Fair

Berkshire’s first ever online heritage fair takes place on Saturday 6th August – for those with Berkshire ancestry, those who live in Berkshire and those interested in Berkshire’s rich history. There are two sessions – morning and afternoon – and you can sign up for one or other or even both. And it’s FREE. This …

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The Jubilee Exhibition

8 June 2022

An overview of the exhibition.

Thatcham Historical Society in partnership with the Old Bluecoat School held an exhibition from 2nd to 5th June 2022. This was to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a remarkable achievement. There were three sections to the exhibition; first there was information about the Queen and events that have happened during her reign, next …

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