Wargrave Local History
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.
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:
- President - The Lord Remnant
- Chairman -
- Treasurer/Membership Secretary -
- Secretary -
Tel: 0118 940 3121
- Programme Secretary - Helen Perry
- Committee members:-
- Sarah Houghton
- Barbara Sears
- Wendy Smith
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supports the work of the Wargrave Heritage
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:
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| CORONAVIRUS -THE SOCIETY REGRETS THAT MEETINGS FROM APRIL 2020 CAN NOT TAKE PLACE, BUT THE TALKS WILL, IF POSSIBLE BE STREAMED LIVE VIA ZOOM, OR BE REARRANGED FOR PRESENTATION AT A LATER DATE.
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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.
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
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
Reports of Recent Meetings:
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
for a map)
Subscriptions: Family £14 ; Individual £10 ;Concessions
Visitors are welcome - £3
|| ON ZOOM:
|| TALKS OR EVENTS POSTPONED:
|| 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.
||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.
||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
||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.
Berkshire during the Civil War
Joan, the President of the Berkshire Local History Association, makes a return visit, and this time told us about Berkshire during the turbulent times of the Civil War period. .
Heroes of Woodley Airfield
The road names of this part of Woodley are a tribute to interesting and pioneering aviation, and Joy told us of some of the people and aircraft associated with it
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 enlightened us about its history.
||Christmas Party. |
|| ON ZOOM:
|| TALKS OR EVENTS POSTPONED:
|| Simon Wenham
Simon Wenham who has recently published a book about Hobbs of Henley Boatyard, will give us a presentation on that topic
Reading's "Smelly Alley"|
Kevin Little will talk on 'Smelly Alley and other things of Reading interest'
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The Annual General