Blog entries for tag: History

Henwick: What's in a name?

Henwick: What’s in a name?

I typically get asked about Henwick at many of the local history (Thatcham and Newbury) talks I give. Questions include where is it? Does it exist? Where was the manor? What does its name mean? I will cover this in two posts starting with the name. Monk’s Dairy Farm Margaret Gelling, who investigated place names, …

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Wormstalls Charity

Wormstalls Charity

Having given a few talks on the history of Newbury recently (2016/7) I find myself defending what I believe about Newbury Grammar School, or rather St Bartholomew’s. Locally Henry Wormstall is credited with the founding of the school. It is said that from the will of Wormstall in 1466 he left specific instructions for the …

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St Luke's or St Mary's?

St Luke’s or St Mary’s?

Most towns have a place of religious worship, a church or chapel for example. Thatcham is no different and Kemp1 suggested that Thatcham might have been a Minster Church. That is the main church for the whole area. In c.1304 a chapel, St Thomas’, was built at the east end of the town, what today is …

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The Kings Head

The Kings Head

It is not known when the King’s Head first served the public although it has been suggested it dates to the reign of King Charles I. I have a big issue with this as one source in particular said the suggestion comes from the fact that the pub sign depicts King Charles I. Sorry but …

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Kings Head coach.

Thatcham Pub History

I have a number of local history books I am researching and writing. These are all based on Thatcham including Cold Ash, Ashmore Green and Crookham and some might also include Greenham, Midgham and other areas. Some of the topics I am researching include the changing boundaries, the complete history, the mills, the farms, the …

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Donnington Hospital

Did Thomas Barrie keep his ears?

Two years ago I wrote a post “Thomas Barrie, pillory, death and a ghost” the story of a Donnington almsman who allegedly spread false rumours that King Henry VIII was dead. Since then I have made enquiries with several other historians including David Ford at Royal Berkshire History who put me onto the Letters and Papers, Henry …

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