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 take place at 8 p.m. in
The Pavilion on the Recreation Ground
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Subscriptions: Individual £9 ; Family £12 ; Concessions £8 ; Visitors are welcome - £3 per meeting
The 2018-2019 programme.
|April 10||Clive Williams||
Shire Hall Remembered
Clive was the County Secretary and County Solicitor for the Berkshire County Council, and explained some of its history, operation and personalities.
|May 8||Peter Delaney||
Robert Piggott and the Wargrave Schools|
Peter, the Society's Secretary and a former master at the Piggott School, described the founding and growth of the School.
|June 12||Ian Wheeler||Fairmile Hospital - a Victorian Asylum|
Ian is the author of the recent book on Fair Mile Hospital, at Cholsey, which from 1870 until 2003 provided for Berkshire patients with mental health issues.
|July 11||Local History Visit||Dorney Court|
This year we visited the Tudor mansion at Dorney Court, parts dating from 1440, and home to the Palmer family for well over 450 years.
|September 11||Joe and Joy Haynes||
Wargrave Theatre Workshop
|October 9||Paul Lacey||
Smith's of Reading
|November 13||David Lewis|| |
|December 11||Christmas Party||Christmas Party. |
|January 8||Audrey Curtis||
Twyford and Ruscombe|
Audrey, secretary of the Twyford and Ruscombe Local History Society, is author of the recent book about these two neighbouring villages, and told us of the people, places and events associated with them as a significant local ford and crossroads.
|February 12||Graham Horn||
History and Restoration of the Kennet and Avon Canal|
The Kennet and Avon Canal was a busy means of transport, linking Reading to Bath, and Graham told us of its history, from its inception to its heyday, its decline, and subsequent restoration.
|March 12||A G M||
The Annual General