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Saturday, 2nd September 2017

Aspects of the History of





Speenhamland in times gone by.

The City, an area steeped in history.


Tickets from The Corn Exchange, Newbury.


A day of talks with a common theme: The City.


The City is small in area but big in character. The focal point for social care in times past, Newbury’s oldest surviving buildings are here. 


Leading local historians will tell the stories of hospitals, almshouses, life in this unique enclave and the terrible day in 1943 when bombs fell on Newbury.


Programme to include:

  St Bartholomew’s Hospital David Peacock
  The Bombing of Newbury David Clow
  City Life Phil Wood
  The Changing Face of the City Jane Burrell
  Dr Walter Essex Wynter  Phil Wood
  Church & Child’s Almshouses David Peacock




Saturday 2nd September 2017 - 10.00am till 4.15pm.


St Nicolas Church Hall, Bartholomew Street, Newbury (limited parking available with advance bookings).


Advance bookings £10. £12 on the door.



As well as the talks there will be plenty of opportunity to consult the experts on any aspect of Newbury history.


Tea and coffee will be available between talks.




Jane Burrell is a former curator of West Berkshire Museum, Bridport Museum and the Airborne Forces Museum.


David Clow is a local historian who has researched the 1943 bombing of Newbury in great detail working with Newbury Town Council to create an appropriate memorial to the event and those who perished. The memorial was unveiled in 2012.


Phil Wood is a president of the Newbury District Field Club and is an enthusiastic local historian who has studied many aspects of Newbury's history, notably Newbury's almshouses, its pubs and breweries and the lives of the men named on Newbury's war memorial.


Dr David Peacock is a well known historian of Newbury and the surroundng district whose PhD thesis was on Jack of Newbury and the Tudor cloth trade in Newbury. He is the author of the current edition of The Story of Newbury (4th Ed) and inumerable articles on local history in the Newbury Weekly News.





Box Office at

Corn Exchange Newbury




Newbury District Field Club Treasurer

at meetings or

R Godfrey

The Doghouse

10 Salcombe Road


RG14 1ED

01635 43605







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