You are in [Events] [Significant Anniversaries]

Significant Anniversaries in 2017:

1617 - 400 yrs since the Feoffment of the Town & Manor of Hungerford

1817 - 200 yrs since the "inconvenience" of educating girls in the Free Grammar School was ended - boys only again.

1842 - 175 yrs since the coaching era had collapsed after the opening of Brunel's GWR - only two Bath Road coaches per week through Hungerford.

1842 - 175 yrs since Westfield House School opened.

1842 - 175 yrs since the Infant National School built in Hungerford Newtown.

1842 - 175 yrs since Pigot's Directory gives a detailed account of the town at that time.

1867 - 150 yrs since Parish Magazine first published.

1867 - 150 yrs since serious fire at railway station.

1867 - 150 yrs since foundation stone of St Saviour's Church, Eddington laid.

1892 - 125 yrs since disastrous fire at Cottrell's Iron Works, Eddington.

1892 - 125 yrs since the old fire station in Charnham Street opened.

1917 - 100 yrs since plane crash in the High Street.

1917 - 100 yrs since many Hungerford men lost their lives in WWI.

1942 - 75 yrs since Croft Nursery School opened as a Wartime Nursery.

1942 - 75 yrs since Home Guard very active.

1942 - 75 yrs since many Hungerford men lost their lives in WWII.

1967 - 50 yrs since Albert Parsons, town photographer, died.

1967 - 50 yrs since Barclays Bank opened in Hungerford.

1967 - 50 yrs since Wooldridge's Builders on the Wharf closed.

1967 - 50 yrs since 1st Hungerford Scouts Group reformed.

1992 - 25 yrs since several "oral history" records made of elderly residents' memories.

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

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 2014:

1464 - 550 yrs since First mention of The Bear in Charnham Street

1689 - 325 yrs since Hearth Tax introduced - see the Hungerford records...

1814 - 200 yrs since the opening of the National School

1814 - 200 yrs since the re-building of St Lawrence's Parish Church

1864 - 150 yrs since the building of the Police Station, Park Street

1889 - 125 yrs since the repeal of the Coal Tax

1914 - 100 yrs since the start of the First World War - the "Great War"

1914 - 100 yrs since the new Post Office built in High Street

1939 -  75 yrs since the end of the Second World War

1964 -  50 yrs since the opening of the Open-air Swimming Pool

1989 -  25 yrs since the Archaeological dig at Undy's Farm

Significant Anniversaries in 2013:

1313 - 700 yrs since Robert de Hungerford appointed bailiff for the Duchy of Lancaster in Berkshire and Wiltshire

1688 - 325 yrs since William of Orange met Commissioners of James II at The Bear

1713 - 300 yrs since Death of Jethro Tull II

1788 - 225 yrs since First meeting to consider Western Canal

1813 - 200 yrs since Large Ordnance Depot built at Picket Field

1913 - 100 yrs since Sweet Chestnut trees planted in The Croft

1953 -  60 yrs since Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

1963 -  50 yrs since John of Gaunt Secondary School opened

1988 -  25 yrs since Archaeological dig at Undy's Farm, 1988

Significant Anniversaries in 2012:

2012 - ......               Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee

1912 - 100 yrs since the visit of King George V (21-26 Oct 1912)

1862 - 150 yrs since the railway was extended through Hungerford to the west

1612 - 400 yrs since King James I "sold" the Manor of Hungerford - the beginning of the end of dispute with the Duchy of Lancaster

1762 - 250 yrs since the murder of William and Ann Cheney in their home (11 Dec 1762)

1987 -   25 yrs since the Hungerford Shooting Tragedy (19 Aug 1987)

1887 - 125 yrs since Queen Victoria's Jubilee (21 Jun 1887)

1662 - 350 yrs since the introduction of the Hearth Tax

1687 - 325 yrs since a new clock was bought for the "clock house" in Town Hall for £10.

1887 - 125 yrs since Rural Sports were held on the Common, Easter Monday (11 Apr 1887)

1537 - 475 yrs since Robert Brayborn, landlord of The Bear Inn, gave evidence against three highwaymen (12 Jul 1537)

Significant Anniversaries in 2018:

1118 - 1000 yrs since The death of the first Robert de Beaumont, who had been granted the local manor by William the Conqueror.

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

1168 - 950 yrs since the death of Robert de Beaumont (2nd), Lord of the Manor of Hungerford and Eddington.

1318 - 800 yrs since "The Great Famine" - when 10% of the the population died following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

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

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

1718 - 300 yrs since lime trees were planetd 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 Wesleyan Chapel was built in Charnham Street.

1868 - 150 yrs since David Faulknor and two of his sons (the family after who Faulknor Square was named) apparently had a rope-making business in Church Street.

1893 - 125 yrs since stained glass window in St Lawrence Church "Our Lord with the Doctors in the Temple" was made by Lavers & Westlake.

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

1893 - 125 yrs since Charles Portal was born on 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 builtin Charnham Street to house the Merryweather "Greenwich" steam powered fire engine.

1893 - 125 yrs since a serious fire occured at Cottrell's Iron Works.

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 Berkshire Yeomanry was amalgamated into 101 (Bucks & berks Yeomanry) Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.

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.

See also:

- Timeline