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 - Peter Halman
  • Vice Chairman - (Vacant)
  • Treasurer/Membership Secretary -
  • Secretary - Tel: 0118 940 3121
  • Programme Secretary - Helen Perry
  • Committee members:-
    • David Ball
    • Sarah Houghton
    • Mary Owen
    • 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

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 third book was published on Saturday 25th June 2011
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: Individual £9  ; Family  £12 ; Concessions  £8 ;      Visitors are welcome £3  per meeting

The 2017-2018 programme.

April 11 George Rawlinson

Wargrave 535
George, now operations director for the RNLI, grew up in Wargrave, and shared some of his memories of the village at that time with us.

May 9 Peter Trout Airships
Peter told us about the early history of airships  

June 11 Historic Village Walk
June 15 Thomas Plant "More about Antiques"
(Click here for information on ticket availability for both these events)
July 19 Local History Visit Kingston Bagpuize
This year we had an afternoon visit to Kingston Bagpuize House, an interesting manor house and gardens that was also featured in the television series Downton Abbey
August 10 Local History Walk Wallingford
As an additional 'social' event, we will have a guided afternoon walk of historic Wallingford
September 12 Wendy England and Judy Palmer.

The Berkshire Women's Institute
There have been several branches of the WI within the parish of Wargrave, and within the County as a whole their history stretches back a century or so

October 10 Martin Andrews

Fox-Talbot in Reading
William Henry Fox-Talbot is famous for his pioneering work on photography. What is less well known is his connection to the Reading area, and Martin told us about the town's place in the development of photography.

November 14 John Harrison

Living Heritage
John leads the team of bell ringers at All Saints, Wokingham, and he told us about the social history of bell ringing and the lives and times of ringers in an English market town from the 18th century to the modern era.

December 12 Christmas Party Christmas Party

January 9 Mick Pope Activities around the Recreation Ground
Mick has belonged to a wide variety of sports teams within the village, and recounted some of his memories of Wargrave's sporting and other leisure activities on the Recreation Ground

February 13 Catherine Sampson Berkshire Churches
Catherine gave us a glimpse at some of the many historical, unusual and sometimes hidden churches and churchyards, including some of our most historic small churches, in and around Berkshire and the people associated with them.

March 13 A G M

The Annual General Meeting.
Followed by...

March 13 Peter Halman

A Stroll in the Park
The story of England's royal, private and public parks.