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Thatcham War Memorial, 2018.

Thatcham Remembers

The Great War, or the First World War, now being 100 years old lasting from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918 has been celebrated by many and so I thought I would share some of the work I have undertaken with regards to the war. As a side note is we have celebrated 100 years ago …

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Population of Thatcham.

Population of Thatcham

The population of Thatcham is a common topic at many local history talks. So in this post we will take a brief look at the population statistics. The first chart below shows the population of Thatcham with information taken from a number of sources. Where possible census records have been used, newspaper reports and estimates from …

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Picture of walking boots.

Bandera Summer Review

So Back in April I posted (see this post) my initial thoughts on the Hi-Tec Bandera Lite WP. They have now been in use since March and so I thought i would give an update on them. I have used the boots now in most conditions and on a wide range of surfaces. I have been through common …

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Chamberhouse Mill

Mills of Thatcham

I have been researching many areas of the history of Thatcham, farms, pubs and so on. One that fascinates me is that of the mills. I wrote about one specific, Ham Mill, a few months ago but to carry this post on now; Thatcham has had several mills but has this always been the case? The …

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A view of Chapel Street.

Doctors Orders

Getting medical help is relatively easy with the NHS but what did we do before this revolutionary service? Two of the earliest doctors of the village were Mr Lang and Mr George Watts. George served the village from at least 1835 until his death in 1871. Perhaps two of the best known though are Richard …

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Thatcham Market Cross

Thatcham Market

I have been writing, on behalf of Thatcham Historical Society, articles for a local magazine. So here is a copy of another one of the articles: There was a market in Thatcham which is believed to originate between 1100 and 1135, perhaps earlier. At this time Thatcham was classed as a town and by 1304 was also …

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Thatcham Broadway

Women in history

Despite so much history being written much is still male dominated, even in local history. However women have played a vital role in the development of Thatcham. Below are just a few of those women described briefly. I will go into more detail at a later date. Lady Francis Winchcombe Many in Thatcham will know …

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Hi-tec Bandera boots

Hi-Tec Bandera

My Hi-Tec Hillside boots have finally had it, parts on the bottom have completely worn out. Not bad, they have lasted 2 years and been through a lot. Rather conveniently Hi-Tec Europe kindly sent me a pair of Bandera Lite WP to test out. So this is my initial impression post, I will do another review during …

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Thatcham Broadway

Thatcham Road Names

History is all about us with one often overlooked piece of evidence being in the road and field names. Many of the modern road names have an historic connection, for example Danvers Close is named after Sir William Danvers of Chamberhouse. Lady Ann Danvers, after the death of her husband had a Chapel at St. …

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Merrell Moab

On foot, a review

Back last September I wrote a post (see here) about some of the footwear I have had over the last few years. I mentioned I have largely stuck with Hi-Tec. I have found the Hi-Tec footwear to be durable, long lasting and excellent value for money. With the local Hi-Tec outlet having closed and local outdoor stores …

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