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.
The Society's Books
A copy of the Booklet describing four Historic Village Walks can also be downloaded free from Dropbox as a PDF file by clicking on the cover image below:
Reports of Recent Meetings:
Reports of previous meetings are held in an Archive
Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month starting at 8pm at the Old Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Wargrave. RG10 8BG
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The committee have decided that with the relaxation of COVID 19 regulations it is now appropriate to resume our normal meeting arrangements.
However, at this stage, we think it is prudent to limit the numbers attending, so that the chairs can be spaced further apart than we have done in the past.
We would ask that anyone who plans to come to the meetings now to please request a place
(on a first come, first served basis) no later than the preceding Tuesday, by emailing
which will give us time to let you know if there will be sufficient room for all those who wish to attend.
If not, we will not be making the meeting available to non-members.
Subscriptions: The 2022-2023
Chalk, Caverns and Commandos
Windsor's Medieval Hospital Jackson's of Reading The Annual General
Family £18 Individual £12
Visitors are welcome - £5 per meeting
Arrival of the Railways in Reading
Brunel's Great Western Railway from London to Bristol reached Reading in 1840, whilst the London and South Western and the South Eastern railways also served the town. Richard will tell us of their early history, and their impact on the locality.
Wargrave Fire Station The Annetts family came to live in Wargrave in the 1930s, and several were long serving members of the village fire brigade, and Rodney will share some of his memories of village life with us.
Wargrave Village Festival
Details for both these events will be found in the Village Festival programme, and tickets will be available on Festival ticket sales day, April 2nd.
Local history exhibition, in the Woodclyffe Hall from 10am - 5pm June 12
Historic Wargrave Walk, from Mill Green starting at 2.30pm
Local History Visit
Visit to the Kennet and Avon Canal at Hungerford
We will have a peaceful afternoon trip from Hungerford along the canal on the Rose of Hungerford to Wire Lock and back, with a cream tea served on board.
Rob will tell us of 100 million years of Reading's underground history, from the creation of chalk in the area, to the opening of Emmer Green chalk mines in the 18th century, and the later uses of these underground chambers.
Dr David Lewis
Having enlightened us about Old Windsor, David returns to tell us about the oldest known hospital in Berkshire. This little-known institution was a royal foundation, and linked to a medieval hospital that stood at Cemetery Junction in 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.
Jane Austen's Schooldays in Reading Jane Austen's family had several connections to the parish of Wargrave, whilst she and her sister Cassandra were educated at a school in Reading's Abbey Gateway. Joy returns to tell of this period, and how it influenced Jane's novels.
Dr Margaret Simons
Having told us about Reading in World War 1, this time Margaret will tell us about the campaigns over half a century to enfranchise women in Britain, culminating in The Representation of the People Act just over 100 years ago, in 1918.
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The 2022-2023 programme.
Chalk, Caverns and Commandos
Windsor's Medieval Hospital
Jackson's of Reading
The Annual General