Newbury District Field Club
Founded in 1870 the Field Club is Newbury's local history society with additional interests in all aspects of the Newbury district's natural history, geology etc. newbury local history
The Club meets on afternoons (2nd Friday of the month) between October and April.
An additional programme of evening meetings (Newbury History Group) is held on the 4th Tuesday of the month, opening up the Club to prospective members who are unable to attend afternoon meetings and to promote interest in the history of the area.
A History Day is held on a Saturday during the summer months'
History Day 2016
Local historians Jane Burrell, Tony Higgott, David Peacock and Phil Wood will talk on a variety of topics: Speenhamland's historic relationship with Newbury; the changing faces of Speenhamland's buildings over the years; the boom years of the Coaching Era; the area’s pubs and breweries; the much maligned Speenhamland System; and James H Money a leading local architect responsible for many local landmark buildings.
World War I - Lecture Series
A series of five talks on Great War topics - every Friday evening in July, starting at 7pm in the Council Chamber, Newbury Town Hall.
|Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War||Sir Max Hastings|
|The Battle of the Somme - Disaster or Victory?||Phil Wood|
|Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig||Peter Hart|
|Poets of the Somme||Jane Burrell|
|WW1 Stained Glass Around Newbury||Dr David Peacock|
Most of the names will be familiar - Phil Wood, Jane Burrell and David Peacock are regular speakers to the Field Club and other local clubs and societies.
Sir Max Hastings is also a familiar local figure, albeit with a far greater international renown as journalist, best-selling author and broadcaster.
Peter Hart is the oral historian at the Imperial War Museum; a prolific author and engaging speaker he is much in demand at Great War conferences and has delivered more talks to branches of the Western Front Association than any other speaker.
Phil Wood, the Field Club's President, is leading a project to research the names recorded on the Newbury Town War Memorial commemorating the town's losses during the Great War 1914-1918.
With the centenary of the outbreak of war coming soon it is hoped that it will be possible to mount an centenerary exhibition in August 2014, where today's citizens of the town can learn about the lives and sacrifices of their predecessors.
The stories behind the names are being placed online on Phil's West Berkshire War Memorials Website.
If you have a relative on the memorial and have some memories, memorabilia or photographs please get in touch with Phil using the Field Club's enquiries email address
Newbury Street Directory 1929
1929 Directory -Front Cover.
We have been given the opportunity to make an copy of a rare Kelly's Directory of Newbury and Neighbourhood published in 1929.
This is the earliest known surviving edition of this publication, which would be regularly produced until the 1970s.
The Directory includes separate sections listing the occupants of Newbury buildings street by street, residents and businesses. There is also a small section covering villages in the surrounding area.
Thanks to the generous permission of the owner we are able to make this directory available to all.
The directory is supplied as a 54Mb PDF file - a suitable reader will be required, if you do not have such software it can be downloaded here.