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.

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BBC History Pages

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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 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 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
Joe and Joy told us about this now well established part of the village community, founded in 1975, along with the first Village Festival.

October 9 Paul Lacey

Smith's of Reading
Smith's distinctive blue and orange coaches are remembered by many, and local historian and author Paul Lacey told us of their history.

November 13 David Lewis

Old Windsor
David Lewis revealed what is known about the history of Old Windsor - the longer established neighbour of better-known New Windsor with its castle.

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 Meeting.