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Website produced and maintained for the Hungerford Historical Association
by Hugh Pihlens.
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"Thank you for a VERY informative website which has helped me considerably in tracing my family background." (JT, UK, 2015)

"You are doing a wonderful job  tracking the history of times and people of Hungerford. Your website  is  great,
so accessible and informative."
(VH, UK, 2014)

"Just wanted to say how much and how well this site has grown. So much  wonderful information. Being Hungerford born (but now ex resident) I  always regard it as home and this site keeps it close.
Thanks again for all the hard work!"
(AJ, UK, 2014)

"What a beautiful site. Lots of hard work has gone into this, and it is really interesting to see the old and new buildings. Very impressed."
(TB, UK, 2014)

"Thank you for your time and effort to make this website. Your dedication and appreciation of the (local history) is truly evident."
(MH, USA, 2014)

"This is really to say I think you have a fantastic virtual museum. I have  used it as a resource for ages"
(RF, Curator, Market Lavington Museum, 2013)

"The website is fascinating - I've been looking at things for hours!"
(JS, UK, 2013)

"Congratulations on an absolutely amazing site – please keep up the good work."
(AT, UK, 2011)

"I must congratulate you for having such an impressive and comprehensive set-up. It really is."
(JS, France, 2010)

"I congratulate you on the site, in particular the coaching section. Your section is far and away the most comprehensive and interesting site I have found to date.
It is excellent."
(BJ, UK, 2009)

"I've greatly enjoyed spending time visiting your virtual museum! Thank you! I found the museum to be most comprehensive and very well done, as well as very interesting."
(KM, USA, 2009)

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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 exhibitions, look at the Artefacts,
our Archive of 3,600 photographs and maps, and 1,600 documents,
or Search 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 email the Administrator.

Hungerford, England, is a market town
 of about 5,800 people at the
Berkshire / Wiltshire border.
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New website coming soon!
For technical reasons, I am having to totally rebuild the Virtual Museum website. This huge task is nearly complete. No updates are currently being made to the current site, but look out for an even better website in October 2015! (HLP)

Significant Anniversaries in 2015:

1265 - 750 yrs since Simon de Montfort killed at Battle of Evesham
1565 - 450 yrs since John Youll, local miller, went to Southampton to buy a millstone -
                                 the start of the "Case of the Missing Charters"
1665 - 350 yrs since King Charles II passed through Hungerford
1815 - 200 yrs since the re-building of St Lawrence's Parish Church
1865 - 150 yrs since early Carte de Visite photograph of Hungerford Town Hall
1915 - 100 yrs since the National School building was used as a VAD Hospital in WWI
1940 -   75 yrs since Hungerford in the midst of the Second World War
1940 -   75 yrs since Pill Boxes and other defences built along the canal
1965 -   50 yrs since Hungerford Newtown School closed
1965 -   50 yrs since Manor House was demolished to make way for a petrol station!
1990 -   25 yrs since Kennet and Avon Canal fully re-opened after restoration

Significant Anniversaries in earlier years