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 16,000 photographs and maps, and 1,900 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 2020:

1220 - 800 yrs since an early reference to Radulfus (Ralph) ‘priest of Hungerford’. There is an even earlier reference to a previous Radulfus in c.1148.

1320 - 700 yrs since Edward II passed through Hungerford en route to Marlborough.

1420 - 600 yrs since the earliest known use of the name "alto strata" (High Street) for the main streeet in Hungerford.

1470 - 550 yrs since the earliest known rent roll of the Duchy of Lancaster properties in Hungerford.

1520 - 500 yrs since the present Tudor manor house of Littlecote was built by Sir George Darrell.

1595 - 425 yrs since Hungerford Park was granted to Queen Elizabeth's favourite, the Earl of Essex.

1770 - 250 yrs since the long established practice of burying people in wool lapsed.

1795 - 225 yrs since the the John o'Gaunt Inn was established in Bridge Street.

1845 - 175 yrs since the "Berks & Hants Railway", proposed by the Great Western Railway, received Royal Assent.

1845 - 175 yrs since the Hungerford Gas & Coke Company was registered.

1845 - 175 yrs since the Glass Tax was abolished by Sir Robert Peel's government.

1870 - 150 yrs since Hungerford Post Office, along with all other post offices, was first joined to the Telegraph System.

1870 - 150 yrs since the Wesleyan Chapel was built in Charnham Street.

1870 - 150 yrs since the Hungerford Lying-in Charity reported that 35 poor women had been "relieved".

1870 - 150 yrs since St Mary's School-Chapel in Newtown was opened.

1870 - 150 yrs since the tender of Mr Hoskins (builder) was accepted for the building of the new Corn Exchange.

1895 - 125 yrs since the last remaining Turnpike Trust collected its final toll.

1895 - 125 yrs since the boundary changes of 1895 brought Charnham Street into Berkshire.

1895 - 125 yrs since over 400 people were taken by waggon to Savernake Forest on the annual Sunday School Treat.

1920 - 100 yrs since the Commonwealth War Graves Commission settled on a standard design for its cemeteries.

1945 - 75 yrs since the end of Second World War.

1945 - 75 yrs since War-time rationing continues.

1945 - 75 yrs since Chilton Factory was employing 250 people working shifts around the clock.

1970 - 50 yrs since the first Steam Fayre was held on the Common.

1995 - 25 yrs since the publication of Julie Shuttleworth's book on "Elizabethan Hungerford".

1995 - 25 yrs since Hungerford Hospital (the old Union Workhouse) in Park Street was demolished.

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Significant Anniversaries in earlier years (2012-2019):