Wargrave Local History Society

(Founded 1981)

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.


  • President - The Lord Remnant
  • Chairman -
  • Treasurer/Membership Secretary -
  • Secretary - Tel: 0118 940 3121
  • Programme Secretary - Helen Perry
  • Committee members:-
    • Sarah Houghton
    • Barbara Sears
    • Wendy Smith
We are happy to try and respond (in our own good time!) to requests for information about people and places in the history of Wargrave parish. Please email us at:

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The Society supports the work of the Wargrave Heritage Trust
The Society is affiliated to the Berkshire Local History Association. and is a member of the British Association for Local History.

For more British History background, explore the BBC's Web Pages by clicking here:

BBC History Pages

Search the archived reports of meetings for particular topics of interest

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The Society's Books


Read about and order our books here.

A copy of the Booklet describing four Historic Village Walks can also be downloaded free from Dropbox as a PDF file by clicking on the cover image below:

The Harriette Cooke Smith Photo Albums
In 2009, we acquired three albums of photographs which feature (inter alia) scenes of Wargrave from the 1870s belonging to Harriette Cooke Smith - see some images here

We are always interested in adding to our collection of pictures, documents, books, maps etc relating to Wargrave, so if you have anything that you think may be of interest, please contact us.

Click this image for information about the wartime crash of a USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress and the Dedication of the Memorial to its crew on 13th Nov 2014

Reports of Recent Meetings:

Reports of previous meetings are held in an Archive

Meetings are again to be held on the second Tuesday of the month starting at 8pm at the Old Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Wargrave.

(Click for a map)

The committee have been keeping the possibilities for our meetings under regular review.
The meeting room at the Old Pavilion has now become available for us to use again, and so we think that it is now appropriate that we try and resume our normal meeting arrangements.
However, at this stage, we think it is prudent to limit the numbers attending, so that the chairs can be spaced further apart than we have done in the past.
We would ask that anyone who plans to come to the meeting on October 12th to please request a place
(on a first come, first served basis) no later than Tuesday, October 5th,
by emailing secretary@wargravehistory.org.uk,
which will give time to let you know if there will be sufficient room for all those who wish to attend.
On this occasion, therefore, we will not be making the meeting available to non-members.

Subscriptions: Family  £14 ; Individual £10  ;Concessions  £9 ;      Visitors are welcome £3  per meeting

Those members who had paid their subscription during the 2020-2021 Society year
will have their membership period extended automatically to cover the 2021-2022 year.

The 2021-2022 programme.

April 13 Katie Amos Prospect Park Mansion
Reading Libraries' local studies specialist, Katie, revealed the history of this grade 2 listed 18th century Regency style mansion house, its owners and occupiers, and its estate, on the west side of Reading.
May 11 Catherine Sampson Royal Weddings
Catherine's talk to us this year explored 1000 years of royal marriages revealing reluctant brides and bridegrooms, disastrous unions and delightful attendants.  

June 8 Keith Le Page Stanley Spencer
The artist Stanley Spencer was born and lived much of his life in Cookham. Keith, from the Gallery there that celebrates his work, will tell us about the man and the collection.
July 13 Bill King Upper Thames Patrol
Set up during WW II, members received special instructions on boat handling and water-borne operations in addition to standard Home Guard training, to protect the River Thames betwen Teddington and Lechlade.
August 4 John Painter Local History Visit
15 members took a guided tour of the ruins of Reading Abbey about which John Painter had given a talk last year.
September 14 Terry Grourk

The Hidden History of Wargrave Hall
Wargrave Hall resident Terry has researched the 2½ century history of the house, its owners and occupiers, and a range of events that took place there, and shared what he found with us.

October 12 Dr Margaret Simons

Reading in World War 1; The Home Front 1914-18
Margaret, a renowned local historian who has made a special study of the effect of the war on the local area, shared some of her discoveries with us.

November 9

WLHS 40th Anniversary
The inaugural meeting of the Society was held in November 1981, and we will reflect on the developments and changes over the past 40 years

December 14 Christmas Party Christmas Party.

January 11 Lionel Williams History of the Reading Hospitals
Lionel is a trustee of the Berkshire Medical Heritage Centre, and will recount the history of Reading's hospitals, including the Royal Berkshire where the trust has its medical museum.

February 8 Torie Griffiths My life of Crime: reflections of a former Crown Prosecutor
Village resident Torie will tell us about her work with the Crown Prosecution Service and her time in Wargrave over the last 40 years.

March 8 A G M

The Annual General Meeting