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 1,000 pages for a topic of your choice.
Whatever you do, enjoy your visit!
Significant Anniversaries in 2016:
1516 - 500 yrs since Henry VIII created the Royal Mail
1566 - 450 yrs since the Great Fire of Hungerford
1566 - 450 yrs since the Case of the Missing Charters
1666 - 350 yrs since the Great Fire of London - see Fire Marks
1816 - 200 yrs since the new St Lawrence Parish Church was built
1866 - 150 yrs since Hungerford's Grammar School had a really bad report
1866 - 150 yrs since local Turnpike Trusts ended
1866 - 150 yrs since Savernake Hospital opened. See Local Hospitals
1916 - 100 yrs since so many soldiers' deaths in 1st World War
1941 - 75 yrs since Hungerford raised £90,000 to help fund HMS Freesia
1941 - 75 yrs since cattle grids were first installed at the Common gates
1941 - 75 yrs since so many military deaths in 2nd World War
1941 - 75 yrs since Chilton Factory switched to making parts for the war effort
1966 - 50 yrs since Hungerford Laundry closed
1966 - 50 yrs since Railway bridge over High Street replaced
1991 - 25 yrs since major upgrade at the Primary School
1991 - 25 yrs since the recording of many audio archives
1991 - 25 yrs since Video of "Hungerford - a Town for Industry" was made