In 1910 arrangements had been in place for King Edward VII to visit the Hon John Ward at Chilton Lodge, which he had bought in
1908. Sadly King Edward VII died in May 1910, shortly before the visit was to be made. There was much disappointment around the town.
However, his successor King George V did visit the Hon John Ward at Chilton Lodge between 21-26 October 1912. The proposed visit
captured the enthusiasm of the whole town, which set about the task of preparing and decorating the town with enormous energy.
Albert Parsons, our excellent local photographer, took the
opportunity to photograph every part of the town, and as a result we now have a remarkable record of a week in the life of Hungerford.
Most photographs were taken on Monday 21 October; there are a few taken during the week, including some in Hungerford Newtown when the
King's car passed by a large crowd of onlookers.
A final set were taken on a very wet Saturday 26 October when the King left Hungerford station to return to London.
Together, this remarkable set of 26 photographs provide a wonderful record of Hungerford in October 1912.