Blog entries for tag: Thatcham

Thatcham Parish Hall. Photograph by Nick Young, August 2019.

A Library in Thatcham

A parochial lending library was setup in 1843 and was to see to the spiritual needs of the poor[1]. Thatcham had another library in 1849 created by Mrs Barfield of Priory House, now The Priory, and opened on 8th November 1849[2]. This was a circulating library, you paid a subscription to use the service. This …

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The Stocks

Berkshire Blake and the Stocks

During my research a number of years ago for some articles/publications I was looking at the Whipping Post, Stocks and Cage in Thatcham. This is a brief piece on that research. Starting with the village lockup, which was known as the Cage, we have a poor woman named Elizabeth Smith who had been imprisoned in …

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Thatcham War Memorial, 2018. Photograph by N Young.

Thatcham War Memorial

I have mentioned Thatcham War Memorial before but have had a number of queries since that post. A short history is given in this post. The Great War, or First World War, saw a large portion of the population of Thatcham go to war and a large number never returned. After the war ended Thatcham, …

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Crookham House

Crookham House

Crookham is one of the 16 or so manors of Thatcham listed in Domesday. The Lord of the manor both before and after the Norman Conquest was Alwi Ceuresbert (there are variations on the spelling). The manor became the property of Reading Abbey around 1125 and was sub-let to Fitz Herbert family, one of whom …

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Coopers Cottage, Cross Keys and the White Swan

Continuing with my potted history of the local pubs, three more are described below, only one of which survives to this day. Please note that there was/is a difference between alehouse, beerhouse, tavern, inn, hotel, etc. although the definitions of many are now more clouded. Below I will typically refer to pub to encompass everything. …

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Newbury around the World

A number of years ago I gave a talk in which I mentioned how a group of people from the area, Newbury, Berkshire, UK, moved to North America. The people included Rev. Thomas Parker and Rev. James Noyes. In 1634 they arrived in Ipswich (then known as Agawam) and later in 1635 moved along the …

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Thatcham milestone. Photograph by Nick Young.

Thatcham milestones

I mentioned previously about the roadside water pumps, the other thing people often ask about are the milestones. Milestones have a long history going back to at least the Romans. They marked every thousandth double step, hence the latin for thousand, “mille”. This equated to 1618 yards or 1479.5 meters. Throughout history the measure of …

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