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Saturday, 1nd September 2017

Aspects of the History of





Victorian Newbury.



Advance Notice


A day of talks with a common theme: Victorian Newbury.


Queen Victoria reigned for 64 years - during which time Newbury experienced many changes. A new form of government, a revolution in pubic health, the transformation of industry and agriculture, the dawn of education for all, and the coming of the railway - just a few of the changes to our sleepy market town.


Programme [subject to change]


  The Thirst for Knowledge: Newbury's Early Libraries & Societies. Jane Burrell
  Newtown Road Cemetery Ros Clow
  Newbury Borough Police Dick Godfrey
  Late Victorian Newbury David Peacock
  Plenty's of Newbury Ellie Thorne
  Early Victorian Newbury Phil Wood




Saturday 1nd September 2017 - 10.00am till 4.15pm.


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


Advance bookings £12. £15 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. She is a popular speaker to local groups and societies.


Ros Clow leads the History Group of the Friends of Newtown Road Cemetery researching the history of the cemetery and the lives of the cemetery's 'residents'. She has even turned several of the stories into the plays many will have enjoyed over the past few years.


Dick Godfrey is the author of Newbury Borough Police, 1836-1875; a former policeman himself he has a great interest in the history of the local forces. He has is also the author of The Newbury Association forthe Apprehension & Prosecution of Thieves & Felons the first publication in the Field Club's Historical Notesi series.


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.


Ellie Thorne is an archivist at the Berkshire Record Office and was given the task of cataloguing some documents relating to the engineering company of Plenty & Son, Newbury. The papers piqued her interest leading to the study of all of the Record Office's holdings from the company.


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.


Tickets will be available closer to the date







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