Wargrave Local History Society
The Object of the Society is to provide a common meeting ground for the study and discussion of, and research into, history in general, and of the local area in particular.
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The Society supports the work of the Wargrave Heritage Trust
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Cooke Smith Photo Albums
Reports of Recent Meetings:
|CORONAVIRUS -THE SOCIETY REGRETS THAT MEETINGS FROM APRIL 2020 CAN NOT TAKE PLACE, BUT THE TALKS WILL, IF POSSIBLE BE STREAMED LIVE VIA ZOOM, OR BE REARRANGED FOR PRESENTATION AT A LATER DATE.|
Meetings take place on the second Tuesday of the month at 8 p.m. in
The Pavilion on the Recreation Ground
(Click for a map)
Subscriptions: Family £14 ; Individual £10 ;Concessions £9 ; Visitors are welcome - £3 per meeting
The 2020-2021 programme.
|2020||ON ZOOM:||TALKS OR EVENTS POSTPONED:|
|April 14||Thomas Macey||
Jackson's of Reading
Jackson's Corner was famous as the location of the last family-owned department store in Reading. Former employee and company archivist Thomas will recall its past, with examples from their archive.
|May 12||Dr Margaret Simons||
Reading in World War I; The Home Front 1914 - 18|
Margaret is a renowned local historian, who has made a special study of the effect of the war on the local area, will share some of her discoveries with us.
|June 9||Katie Amos||Prospect Park Mansion
Reading Library's local studies specialist, Katie, will reveal the history of this grade 2 listed 18th century Regency style mansion house, on the west side of Reading
|July 14||Local History Visit||Kennet and Avon Canal|
We will have a peaceful afternoon journey by barge on the Kennet and Avon Canal from Hungerford to Wire Lock, and return, whilst enjoying a cream tea.
|September 8||Joan Dils||
Berkshire during the Civil War
|October 13||Joy Pibworth||
Heroes of Woodley Airfield
|November 10||John Painter|| |
|December 8||Christmas Party||Christmas Party. |
|2021||ON ZOOM:||TALKS OR EVENTS POSTPONED:|
|January 12||Andrew Cardy||
The story of Sheeplands - and Andrew's Chicks|
Andrew grew up on Sheeplands Farm, was very much involved with the running of the Sheeplands Farm Shop, whilst later he set up Riverways Farm. He will give us a personal insight into the history and operation of them both.
|February 9||David Lewis||
Windsor's Medieval Hospital of St Peter|
David returns to tell us about another little known topic. The oldest known hospital in Berkshire, it was a royal foundation, and linked to a medieval hospital that stood at Cemetery Junction in Reading.
|March 9||A G M||
The Annual General