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Phil Wood

The House of Toomer

20 April 2022

2:00pm at West Berkshire Museum

Non-members £3

Those who have lived in Newbury for a long time will remember the House of Toomer, a much loved hardware store is a prominent position in Northbrook Street proudly boasting 'Est 1695'. This talk is the story of the Toomer family, from their arrival in Newbury until the closure of the business. Scandal, high society, history makers all come into the story of this fascinating family.


Phil Wood, an enthusiastic local historian, is President of the Newbury District Field Club. For the last few years he has concentrated his efforts into uncovering all there is to know about the large number of pubs and breweries that once seemed to fill the town. Study of the existing pubs also gives him the opportunity for some enjoyable field work! More recently he has been researching the Great War casualties listed on the Newbury War Memorial.
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