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Saturday, 26th October 2019


TRANSPORT: River, Road & Rail



Victorian Newbury.


A day of talks with a common theme: Transport in the Newbury Area.


Newbury's success as a town was based on its position as a major crossroad in the centre of southern England - the Great West Road passed through the town, as did the main route from Southampton and Winchester (once England's capital) to Oxford and beyond. Today the M4 and A34 have bypassed the town, but the legacy of the earlier roads remain. From prehistoric times the River Kennet was an important route, later it was used to create an inland port at Newbury and then was linked to the River Avon during the Georgian canal boom. Then came the railway, at first bypassing the town, but soon Newbury was connected to this revolutionary new form of transport.


Colin Benham, a local map collector will look at early road maps of the area.


Jane Burrell, secretary of the Field Club and a former curator of West Berkshire Museum will look at the post-war road improvement schemes that over time diverted through traffic away from the town centre.


Tim Green & Roger Day will introduce their recent research for a new book on the early days of motoring in the Kennet Valley.


Dr David Peacock, Newbury's leading local historian will talk twice, covering the River Kennet and then, the Kennet and Avon Canal.


Phil Wood, President of the Field Club will look at the impact of railways on the town.



Saturday 26th October 2017 - 10.00am till 4.30pm.

Registration & coffee from 9.45am.


St Nicolas' Church Hall, Bartholomew Street, Newbury (limited parking available by arrangement, contact the Secretary).


Advance bookings £10. £12 on the door. Tickets from Treasurer or Corn Exchange Box Office.


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 and at lunchtime. Lunch is not supplied, bring your own or eat at one of the many nearby eateries.








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