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 -
  • Vice Chairman - (Vacant)
  • Treasurer/Membership Secretary -
  • Secretary - Tel: 0118 940 3121
  • Programme Secretary - Helen Perry
  • Committee members:-
    • David Ball
    • Sarah Houghton
    • Barbara Sears
    • Wendy Smith
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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.

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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


The Society's fourth book was published on Saturday 29th June 2019
Read about and order our books here.

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.

Reports of Recent Meetings:

Meetings take place 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 2019-2020 programme.

April 9 Brian Armstrong

Leander Club
This meeting took place at The Leander Club, which was formed in 1818. Brian recounted the main events of its 200 years history, and following that, Society members were given a tour of the Club.

May 14 Dr Stephanie Duensing, and Dr Ceri Boston Wargrave Churchyard Excavations
Stephanie was the archaeologist for the Wargrave Churchyard excavations in early 2018, whilst Ceri made the analysis of the bones that were discovered, and they will tell us something of their work and conclusions which can be drawn from the finds about mediaeval Wargravians.  

June 16 Historic Village Walk
June 18 Thomas Forrester 'The Magic of the Auction '
An evening with the Auctioneer Thomas Forrester (formerly Thomas Plant).
July 10 Local History Visit Selborne
This year we visited the Gilbert White House (Gilbert White's 18th century book on the Natural History of Selborne is a classic) and gardens, and the adjacent Oates Museum (about the Victorian explorer Frank, and Lawrence's expedition to the south pole), followed by afternoon tea, of course.
September 10 Mark Puddy

History of the NHS
The NHS was founded just over 70 years ago, and village doctor Mark explored an aspect of its history for us.

October 9 Linda Humphrey-Evans

Caversham Court and its Gardens, and the families who lived there
Although now-a-days only the Thames-side gardens remain, the origins of Caversham Court date back to the 12th century. We heard something of the history of the site, and also of the families who lived there.

November 12 Diana Coulter

Sonning: The History Explored Through 10 Buildings
Diana, who has long been involved with the Sonning and Sonning Eye Society, told us of the story of our neighbouring parish by considering the history of 10 specific buildings.

December 10 Christmas Party Christmas Party. Followed by Recollectons & Ramblings from Tim Hodges.

January 14 Aldon Ferguson The Role of Women at Danesfield and Phyllis Court in Photographic Interpretation in WWII.
Danesfield was the centre of interpretation for all Allied aerial photography in Europe in WWII, and Aldon shared with us his research into some of the vital work that they carried out.

February 11 Catherine Sampson Georgian Cooking
Local historian Catherine made a return visit, and this time she gave us an insight into the recipes used in the Georgian era.

March 10 A G M

The Annual General Meeting.