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 6,000 photographs and maps, and 1,600 documents, or Search all 1,150 pages for a topic of your choice.

Whatever you do, enjoy your visit!

There is no museum building in the town, but the Hungerford Historical Association is committed to providing information on Hungerford's history by means of this virtual museum. If you can help, maybe by allowing us to include artefacts in your possession, or if you have any other comment, contribution or correction to make, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Significant Anniversaries in 2017:

1617 - 400 yrs since the Feoffment of the Town & Manor of Hungerford

1817 - 200 yrs since the "inconvenience" of educating girls in the Free Grammar School was ended - boys only again.

1842 - 175 yrs since the coaching era had collapsed after the opening of Brunel's GWR - only two Bath Road coaches per week through Hungerford.

1842 - 175 yrs since Westfield House School opened.

1842 - 175 yrs since the Infant National School built in Hungerford Newtown.

1842 - 175 yrs since Pigot's Directory gives a detailed account of the town at that time.

1867 - 150 yrs since Parish Magazine first published.

1867 - 150 yrs since serious fire at railway station.

1867 - 150 yrs since foundation stone of St Saviour's Church, Eddington laid.

1892 - 125 yrs since disastrous fire at Cottrell's Iron Works, Eddington.

1892 - 125 yrs since the old fire station in Charnham Street opened.

1917 - 100 yrs since plane crash in the High Street.

1917 - 100 yrs since many Hungerford men lost their lives in WWI.

1942 - 75 yrs since Croft Nursery School opened as a Wartime Nursery.

1942 - 75 yrs since Home Guard very active.

1942 - 75 yrs since many Hungerford men lost their lives in WWII.

1967 - 50 yrs since Albert Parsons, town photographer, died.

1967 - 50 yrs since Barclays Bank opened in Hungerford.

1967 - 50 yrs since Wooldridge's Builders on the Wharf closed.

1967 - 50 yrs since 1st Hungerford Scouts Group reformed.

1992 - 25 yrs since several "oral history" records made of elderly residents' memories.

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Significant Anniversaries in earlier years (2012-2016):