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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Newbury’s Roman Cemetery

30 November 2018

Members joined Dr David Peacock on 26 Oct 2018 to hear about Newbury’s Roman Cemetery. The cemetery, which is roughly where Sainsbury now stands, was first discovered in the 1850s. The site was then in the parish of Greenham, although a number of boundary changes have taken place since then. The find appeared in the Newbury …

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Tomlin Popup Exhibition

11 October 2018

The Tomlin 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 …

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