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Saturday, 1st September 2017

Aspects of





Victorian Newbury.


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.




  Improving the Mind: Clubs & Societies Jane Burrell
  Newbury Borough Police Dick Godfrey
  Late Victorian Newbury David Peacock
  The Falkland Memorial Dave Stubbs
  Plenty's of Newbury Ellie Thorne
  Early Victorian Newbury Phil Wood




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


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


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.




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.


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.


Dave Stubbs is a familiar figure in Newbury as he can often be seen leading ceremonial processions in his rols as volunteer Town Sergeant. Having recently retired from Thames Valley Police he is now free to pursue his interest in the history of the Wash Common area of Newbury that he served for many of his years on the force. He recently turned his attention to the Falkland Memorial and was instrumental in getting the excellent information panel erected in 2015.


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.








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