Blog entries for tag: Thatcham

St Mary's Church before the restoration

What is the oldest building in Thatcham?

I am always being asked the question “What is the oldest building in Thatcham?” So first a clarification, typically the person asking is referring to standing building and not those already destroyed.  Thus in this article I am ignoring buildings that are no longer standing such as Chamberhouse Castle but will revisit them in a future post. People …

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Chapel Street looking east

Chapel Street

Chapel Street in Thatcham has gone by a few different names including East Street and Duck Street. There are a number of places of historic interest along this stretch. Starting from the foreground there is the old cycle shop, which in the 1930’s was owned by Mr Gilbert.  A few doors down is the Wesleyan Methodist …

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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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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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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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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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Roadside water pump

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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Thatcham War Memorial, 2018.

Is Thatcham Britain’s oldest inhabited settlement?

I wrote an article for a local magazine and town guide a few years back on the general history of Thatcham. Here is the updated version. Not everyone who lives or works in Thatcham knows that this Berkshire town lays claim to being Britain’s oldest inhabited settlement. Indeed it is an ancient settlement, with archaeological …

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