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Jim Bell’s new book: Memories of Wokingham Town Hall 1947-2005

For the most part, the histories presented in this Wokingham Remembers page are of events steeped in a past which can be recounted but not recollected by the people of Wokingham. This week however, we review JIM BELL’s excellent history … Continue reading

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The fateful meeting on Finchampstead Ridges, 1501.

The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 was a part of the religious and political upheavals which had lasted over a century. So how did they begin? We take a look a look at one of Berkshire’s great legends going back to … Continue reading

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Welcome to Wokingham’s Halloween !

Aside from the plastic pumpkins, fancy dress witches, sweets and latent threats which accompany the Trick or Treater, there lies beneath the surface an underworld of darkness. It is the night when the ghosts and ghouls are free to roam … Continue reading

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The Old Forge on Peach Street

PEACH STREET SMITHIES By Jim Bell The subject of the smithy run by Fred Painter in Peach Street has arisen in the local newspapers from time to time. There were actually two smithies in Peach Street. The first is still … Continue reading

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The Great War: 1915 – Wokingham’s Volunteers go into battle.

The Wokingham Town Hall opens its doors once again for the highly popular Heritage Day; this time opening on Sunday 13th September between 11am – 4pm. More information can be found on: http://www.wokingham-tc.gov.uk/heritage  Today’s article focuses on the war memorial … Continue reading

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1856: Cholera arrives in Wokingham

Flush the loo, turn on the taps and wash your hands; a simple act which came from decades of debate on the diseases and deaths which accompanied everyday life in Victorian Britain. Thanks go to Jim Bell for uncovering the … Continue reading

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Wokingham Remembers articles for The Wokingham Paper

A heritage page was launched in March 2015 with the title Wokingham Remembers with the objective of telling the Wokingham story as an area and not just the town of the same name. Local historians have given their time without … Continue reading

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George Henry PRICE, Poulterer 52 Peach Street (1857 – 1925)

We’re very grateful for the article provided by Diane Johansen in which she tells us about her Great Grand Uncle’s life and his death in Peach Street, Wokingham. We so often know about the buildings and the community who lived … Continue reading

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Local exhibition for India’s warriors of the Great War

An exhibition organised by the Wokingham and Reading Sikh community will recount India’s support for the British Empire during World War One.  India provided Britain with a massive volunteer army in its hour of need with over 1.5million Indian soldiers … Continue reading

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The true story of Berkshire’s California

This week’s contributor is Trevor Ottlewski; researcher, author and Chairman of the Wokingham History Group. Trevor has a wide knowledge of local history and specialises in the area’s historic buildings. (This article originally appeared in the Wokingham Paper 24th July … Continue reading

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