Welcome to the Virtual Museum for Hungerford
The website for all of Hungerford's fascinating history.
Read the stories behind the People, Places and Events of the area. Use the Timeline to follow events from the Roman period to the present day. Try one of the Themed articles, look at the Artefacts, our Archive of 13,000 photographs and maps, and 1,800 documents, or Search all 1,200 pages for a topic of your choice.
Whatever you do, enjoy your visit!
Significant Anniversaries in 2018:
1118 - 1000 yrs since the earliest written record of Hungerford by name.
1668 - 350 yrs Samuel Pepys visited Hungerford, and dined at The Bear.
1718 - 300 yrs since lime trees were planted around the Town Pond.
1718 - 300 yrs since a Fire Eater was paid 10/- for a public performance in the Elizabethan Town Hall
1868 - 150 yrs since the Wesleyan Ebenezer Chapel was built in Church Street.
1868 - 150 yrs since St Saviour's Church was built in Eddington.
1868 - 150 yrs since the Wesleyan Chapel was built in Charnham Street.
1893 - 125 yrs since the Manor Brewery was sold by John Platt to South Berks Brewery.
1893 - 125 yrs since the Walmesley family bought the large Inglewood Estate.
1918 - 100 yrs since 19 local men were killed in the First World War.
1918 - 100 yrs since the end of the First World War.
1943 - 75 yrs since the Vickers Armstrong Factory in Eddington was closed.
1943 - 75 yrs since women were allowed to join the Home Guard.
1968 - 50 yrs since the Fire Station opened in Church Street.
1993 - 25 yrs since many of the oral history recordings with local residents were made.
1993 - 25 yrs since Paul Lewington took over from his uncle "Bob" as Orangeman on Tutti-Day.