Blog entries for tag: Thatcham

Chamberhouse Castle

Many historic buildings are hidden in plain sight. For example Thatcham House, Thatcham Farm, Monks Chambers and Crown House are all historic buildings that can easily be seen within a few minutes of the town centre. However how many know that there was once a castle a short distance away? Chamberhouse was once part of …

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Dunston House

Dunston House

I have been writing, on behalf of Thatcham Historical Society, short articles for local magazines. So here is a copy of another one of the articles: Thatcham has been owned by many notable people although none have had a Manor house or lived in Thatcham, that is until 1722 AD. Thatcham Manor was sold by the …

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Ham Mill or Mills?

Thatcham once covered a much larger area than it does today (a future post will detail the changing boundary) and until the 20th century Ham Mill was part of Thatcham and NOT Newbury. Ham Mill was once part of a large estate known simply as Ham. One mill stood near where Newbury Manor Hotel is …

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St Mary's Church before the restoration

Thatcham: In the beginning

I have been writing articles on behalf of Thatcham Historical Society. Here is a copy of one of the first articles: There have been Palaeolithic, old stone age, axes found in the area but the first settlement dates to about 10,000 years ago during the Mesolithic period, middle stone age. A series of shelters was erected …

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Green Dragon

The Green Dragon

History research is rarely straightforward, or easy, with problems and mysteries creeping up all the time and that is one of the delights, trying to solve a mystery, often one that no one else has attempted or yet solved. One of the biggest mysteries I have/had with the pubs research was a place known as …

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Barfields book 1901

The name of Thatcham

The name of Thatcham has long been thought to come from a Saxon Chief called Tace who set-up his village, ham, here. Thus creating Tace’s Ham which over the centuries became Thatcham. But is this the case? Similar place-names Before delving into Thatcham, or researching any specific name I typically look to see if there …

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The Plough Pub

The Plough

As the Plough goes to auction this week I thought it would be good to do a potted history of the pub. The main, north, part of the building itself dates to the 17th century with other parts added in the 19th century and later. Many I have seen would jump to the conclusion that as the …

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Long lost Cold Ash pubs

Many will know of pubs that have disappeared recently in Thatcham and surrounding areas, sadly many though soon forget. See my previous posts for some more info on some of the pubs (click here). I will post more details on all of these pubs, but thought I might share a few that I have discovered that …

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The Plough Pub

The oldest Thatcham pub

At many of my local history talks I will get asked “which is the oldest pub in Thatcham?” Is it the Chequers? Is it the King’s Head? Let us assume Thatcham includes Cold Ash, Ashmore Green, Colthrop and Crookham. The answer really depends on a number of factors. Firstly remember the age of the building …

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Reputed manor of Henwick

Reputed manor of Henwick

Was Henwick a manor? One question I get asked and it is complicated. In short yes there is a Henwick manor, but should there have been one? Background Thatcham was a manor but in the late 13th century, it is thought, a charter of incorporation was granted making a borough. Thus there were two manors. …

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