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Prince Arthur and other Officers took luncheon at Hungerford Park, and dined at Inglewood in the evening. The Prince visited several shops in the Town, and purchased
several souvenirs of Hungerford, in the course of the afternoon.
About 5 o'clock on Saturday morning the camp began to wake; fires were lighted; and breakfast prepared and eaten with wonderful expedition; and in a very short time every
tent had fallen, and was packed up, and all was in marching order. The command was given, the bands struck up, and all marched through the Town, preceded by General Walpole and prince Arthur, on
their way to Pewsey. W H Dunn, Esq, of Standen Manor, acted as Commissioner for the County of Berks. Lord Charles Bruce, MP, T Chaloner Smith, Esq, and H R Seymour, Esq, joined the forces as
Commissioners on their entry into Wiltshire.
Great as was the excitement and interest shown on this occasion, it was surpassed by that which was manifested at the arrival of the Troops on their return march on
Monday, September 16. The town was thronged with people, and all business was made to give way to the engrossing occupation of receiving and welcoming the Northern Army. The first indication of the
approach of the Army, was on Friday, September 13, when a detachment of the 9th Lancers was billeted here until the following morning.
On Saturday, the 1st and 2nd Life Guards and the Royal Horse Guards Blue passed through on their way to Greenham. And the same day the 13th Lancers entered the Town, and
remained until Monday, when they left for York, via Wantage. No sooner had these left than the advanced guard of the great body of the Troops made its appearance. These consisted of General Maxwell's
Division, being the 22nd, 30th, 46th and 90th Regiments of Foot, each being preceded by its band. The Royal Engineers arrived next with their Pontoons, Printing Office, Field Telegraph, and all their
necessary tools and appliances. These were followed by the 10th and 19th Hussars; and several batteries of the Royal Artillery. The whole passed through the principal streets of the town, up Park
Street, on to the Down. The march into the town, on to the Down, was witnessed by thousands, in fact, Hungerford was never so full before. The pitching of the tents was eagerly watched by the
numerous sightseers, as was the process of making the fires, and cooking the viands.
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There was nearly double the number encamped on Monday, that there was on the march down; and yet there was room on the spacious Common for as many again: its advantages as
a camping ground were very highly spoken of by the Soldiers, many of whom said it was by far the best place they had had on the whole march. The tents were pitched on the end furthest from the town,
the head quarters being in the Park. The scene on Monday night was most picturesque in the moonlight, the long lines of tents having a very pleasing effect, while the groups of Soldiers around their
camp fires cooking their suppers were watched with interest by thousands of spectators.
About 5 o'clock on Tuesday morning the camp was astir, and about seven the Infantry marched off with their bands playing. The Engineers soon followed and then the
Artillery. The Cavalry did not leave the Park until nine o'clock. No sooner had they left, than the inhabitants of Hungerford were apprised by the entry into the town of the advance guard of the
other column of the Army, which had encamped at Wilton and Crofton. The route taken by this column on the way down was by Inkpen, Ham and Shalbourn, and hundreds of people, and many carriages were
gathered there on Tuesday to see them pass back, but in this they were disappointed, as they all came through Hungerford. This consisted of the 6th Dragoon Guards, with band, several Troops of the
Royal Engineers, C and H Batteries, Royal Artillery, 1st Battalion 7th Fusileers, 2nd Battaliaon 16th Foot, 2nd Battalion 88th Foot, and 2nd Battalion 95th Foot. At the cross roads, Denford, there
was a continued stream of Troops passing from seven o'clock till about twelve. Between fourteen and fifteen thousand Troops marched through the town during the week.
- Berkshire Yeomanry
- Hungerford Common
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