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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Reports of Recent Meetings:
Meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of the month starting at 8pm on-line using Zoom,
until such time as they can be resumed at the Old Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Wargrave.
The dedicated link to access the talk will be sent a few days before the meeting to those who specifically request it.
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Subscriptions: Family £14 ; Individual £10 ;Concessions
Visitors are welcome - £3
meeting The 2021-2022
Jacksons of Reading
Reading in World War 1; The Home Front 1914-18 WLHS 40th Anniversary The Annual General
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.
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.
Catherine's talk to us this year will explore 1000 years of royal marriages revealing reluctant brides and bridegrooms, disastrous unions and delightful attendants.
Keith Le Page
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.
Local History Visit
We hope it may be possible to arrange a visit this year. Details will be circulated if and when they can be confirmed
Jacksons 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..
Dr Margaret Simons
Margaret, 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.
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
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.
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.
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The 2021-2022 programme.
Jacksons of Reading
Reading in World War 1; The Home Front 1914-18
WLHS 40th Anniversary
The Annual General