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:-
    • 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.

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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:

January 2020 February 2020
March 2020

 Reports of previous meetings are held in an Archive

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.

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
Joan, the President of the Berkshire Local History Association, makes a return visit, and this time will tell us about Berkshire during the turbulent times of the Civil War period. .

October 13 Joy Pibworth

Heroes of Woodley Airfield
The road names of this part of Woodley are a tribute to interesting and pioneering aviation, and Joy will tell us of some of the people associated with it

November 10 John Painter

Reading Abbey
Reading Abbey dates from 1121, and the site has recently undergone a major conservation project. John is the secretary of the Friends of Reading Abbey and co-author of a book about the abbey, and will enlighten us about its history.

December 8 Christmas Party Christmas Party.

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 Meeting.