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Earliest information:
Date of current building:
Listed: Grade II

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Early 18th century building.

Description of property:

From Listed Building records: Terraced house. Early C18 altered in early C19. Old tile roof, chimney to right. Bright grey headers red stretchers, dressings and vertical bands flanking the windows, dentil eaves. 2 storeys and attic. 2 gabled dormers. Two 3 light casement windows with iron framed leaded lights under cambered heads to first floor. One similar casement to left of ground floor, central door with modern shop front extending over single storey extension to right.

Photo Gallery:


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- Roberta's Nov 2015

- WH Giles, Hungerford carrier, outside Stradling & Plenty, c1920. The dozen or so local carriers fulfilled a vital role in the community, providing a link with adjacent towns and villages in the days before any 'public' transport. William Harry Giles provided carriage to Newbury three days a week from 1903. He is photographed here with his sons Harry (standing) and Percy (in the driving seat), and their Daimler coach.

- Stradling & Plenty's advertisement for the sale of Pennington Cars

- The Bear Corner, on the occasion of the visit by King George V, 21 Oct 1912. Note Strading & Plenty's premises on the right side, and the AA man.

- RTA at the Bear Corner, 14 Aug 1915. (See main article on 1st World War for more). (HLP)

- Roberta's, Jun 2010

- "Cut it Fine" Hair and Beauty salon, 5 Mar 2019.


The history of ownership and occupation of the properties in this part of Charnham Street is very speculative. Records are sketchy, and confusing. This page is the current "best attempt" to clarify the history of these properties, but much further work still needs to be done. It is possible that the historic boundaries do not match the modern ones.


1841 Census: James Wise (40), cordwainer, wife Jane (43), 1 son, 1 daughter.
1851 Census: #61: James Wise (50), boot and shoe maker, wife Jane (52), 1 son, 1 daughter, 2 lodgers.
1861 Census: #87: James Wise (55), boot and shoe maker, wife Jane (56).
1871 Census: #84: James Wise (70), shoemaker, wife Jane (72).
     #85: (Lodger) Henry Mills (32), coachman, wife Ellen (35).
1881 Census: #84: James Justice Wise (80), shoe maker.
1891 Census: #80: James Wise (90), retired shoemaker, 1 servant.

1894 Charnham Street Floods: Marlborough Times of 17th November 1894 reported "The houses opposite the Bear Hotel occupied by Messrs. Palmer, Hawkins, Mepsted, Taylor, Noon and others, soon had about 2ft. of water in their sitting rooms".
1901 Census: Henry Taylor (43), saddler, with wife and 2 daughters (tbc)
1911 Census: #129: Henry Taylor (54), saddler, wife Ellen (52), 2 daughters, 1 boarder, 5 rooms.

Stradling's, Stradling & Plenty Ltd, c1912-c1934:

1912: Stradling's Ltd. James Stradling started his cycle business in Newbury in 1877, and opened a cycle shop at 14 Charnham Street c1900. Plenty's engineering firm was first established in Newbury in 1800, and Stradling's cycle business in 1877. When they came together, it was an ideal joint venture. Around 1911-12, he moved to larger premises here at 21 Charnham Street. The shop front is clearly shown on the photograph of the Bear Corner taken on the occasion of the visit by King George V on 21 Oct 1912 (see Photo Gallery).

c1918: Stradling's Ltd: Photo of the Bear Corner shows Stradling's Ltd cycler shop, with a Stradling's garage sign on the east wall. Sale agents for Wolseley, sunbeam, humber, rover, standard, citroen, BSA and Daimler cars.
c1920: Stradling & Plenty Ltd: Another photograph (see Photo Gallery) showing the premises of Stradling & Plenty was taken with of WH Giles, Hungerford carrier, with his sons Harry and Percy, and their Daimler coach, outside the premises. It is possible that Stradling & Plenty had built the coach onto an ex-military Daimler chassis, and that the photograph is being taken on "hand-over" day.
1934 Stradling & Plenty opened a garage on land to the west of The Bear hotel. See 40 Charnham Street.

Roberta, Ladies hairdresser:

1939 Blacket's Dir: J Froome, 21 Charnham Street. Note: 20 Charnham Street "Roberta, Ladies' hairdresser, (Mrs M M Cadd).
1940 Blacket's Dir: "20 Charnham Street": "Roberta, Ladies Hairdresser. (Mrs M M Cadd)

Roberta of Hungerford - Hair and Beauty Salon.

Serendipity, Ladies hairdresser:

Apr 2016 Serendipity - Hair and Beauty Salon

Cut it Fine - hair and beauty, 2019-present:

Feb 2019 Cut if Fine, hair and beauty salon.

See also:

- 14 Charnham Street

- 43-44 High Street

- Charnham Street floods, 1894

- Charnham Street floods, 1932