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History Month Fact 7: Thomas Newton

The 1851 census lists one Thomas Newton as a surveyor of roads aged 40 and his wife, Emma (nee DEANE) aged 38. Their address was then Sussex Place, Chapel of Greenham, Thatcham.Read more

History Month Fact 6: Milestones

Thatcham has three Grade II, 18th Century, listed Milestones. The most prominent is on the Bath Road at the end of the Broadway (London - 53; Newbury - 3; Reading - 14).Read more

History Month Fact 5: The Burial Question

The “burial question” arose in Thatcham during the incumbency of the Revd. Hezekiah Martin. By 1885 he had become concerned that Thatcham’s churchyard was almost full and alternative burial facilities had to be found.Read more

History Month Fact 3: Great Western Railway

The Berks and Hants Railway Act is passed in 1845 authorising the building by the GWR of a line from Reading to Hungerford. The GWR line from Reading to Hungerford was opened to traffic on the 21st December 1847.Read more

History Month Fact 1: A Murder Mystery?

Whilst working in the bell tower of St. Mary’s Church in 1929, Mr Maskell discovered a small coffin. An infant’s remains were discovered inside and an inquest followed.Read more

Peter Allen Memorial Lectures

An event is being organised to coincide with National Local History Month and also in memory of the late Peter Allen who passed away in May 2009. Hence the series of lectures is to be called “The Peter Allen Memorial Lectures.” The event is being organised by Thatcham Historical Society, but with a great deal of help and support from many individuals and organistions as you can see on our supporters page. To find out more visit the Peter Allen Memorial Lectures website, www.paml.info .Read more

Peter Allen Memorial Lectures

An event is being organised to coincide with National Local History Month and also in memory of the late Peter Allen who passed away in May 2009. Hence the series of lectures is to be called “ The Peter Allen Memorial Lectures .” The event is being organised by Thatcham Historical Society, but with a great deal of help and support from many individuals and organistions. For more information, please see www.paml.info .Read more

BBC Berkshire Bus

One of our committee members, Dr Nick Young , spent part of this morning with BBC Radio Berkshire on the BBC Berkshire Bus with Mary Green . We had a short, live talk, on the history of Thatcham, highlighting the fact that there have been finds made in and around Thatcham that provide dates through almost every period of history from the Mesolithic onwards. Pictured, from left to right, Thatcham Historical Society committee member Dr Nick Young, BBC Berkshire presenter Mary Green and local metal detectorist Malcolm Langford.Read more