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 13,000 photographs and maps, and 1,800 documents, or Search all 3,000+ pages for a topic of your choice.

Whatever you do, enjoy your visit!

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Significant Anniversaries in 2018:

1118 - 1000 yrs since the earliest written record of Hungerford by name.

1568 - 650 yrs since the town's dispute with Brian Gunter (who allegedly stole the John of Gaunt Charter).

1668 - 350 yrs Samuel Pepys visited Hungerford, and dined at The Bear.

1718 - 300 yrs since lime trees were planted around the Town Pond.

1718 - 300 yrs since a Fire Eater was paid 10/- for a public performance in the Elizabethan Town Hall

1768 - 250 yrs since the curious report in Hungerford of the application of toads as a treatment of cancer.

1818 - 200 yrs since the Kennet & Avon Canal was enjoying prosperous times - over 200 boats in regular use.

1818 - 200 yrs since a bag of letters was lost at Hungerford. The General Post-Office offered a five guinea reward.

1868 - 150 yrs since St Saviour's Church was built in Eddington.

1868 - 150 yrs since the Methodist Chapel in Bridge Street was built.

1893 - 125 yrs since the Manor Brewery was sold by John Platt to South Berks Brewery.

1893 - 125 yrs since Charles Portal was born in Hungerford. Later he became Marshal of the Royal Air Force, and British Chief of Air Staff during the Second World War.

1893 - 125 yrs since the new fire station was built in Charnham Street to house the Merryweather "Greenwich" steam powered fire engine.

1893 - 125 yrs since the Walmesley family bought the large Inglewood Estate.

1918 - 100 yrs since 19 local men were killed in the First World War.

1918 - 100 yrs since the end of the First World War.

1918 - 100 yrs since the Bowls Club was formed.

1943 - 75 yrs since the Vickers Armstrong Factory in Eddington was closed.

1943 - 75 yrs since women were allowed to join the Home Guard.

1943 - 75 yrs since £175,994 was collected in Hungerford for "Wings for Victory Week" National Savings campaign.

1968 - 50 yrs since the long footbridge over the river north of the church was renewed by the County Council. This is on the ancient right of way along Stocken Street.

1968 - 50 yrs since the Fire Station opened in Church Street.

1993 - 25 yrs since many of the oral history recordings with local residents were made.

1993 - 25 yrs since Paul Lewington took over from his uncle "Bob" as Orangeman on Tutti-Day.

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Significant Anniversaries in earlier years (2012-2017):