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Stewart Hofgartner moved to Hungerford in 1983 and opened "Below Stairs of Hungerford" Antiques at 103 High Street.

He has a great interest in the history of Hungerford and is a Trustee of the Town and Manor of Hungerford. As an antiques dealer, he has been in an ideal position to collect heritage artefacts of Hungerford and over the years has acquired an extensive and varied collection.

He has been kind enough to share much of his large collection with the Virtual Museum. Most of these photos were taken in 2009.

Stewart Hofgartner

Stewart Hofgartner at Below Stairs

Follow these links for the various sections of his collection:

- Billheads and Adverts (14 items)

- Crested china and other crested ware (over 100 items)

- Glass bottles (over 12 items)

- Medical and Pharmaceutical (over 10 items)

- Other Trade Items (over 45 items)

- Other Non-trade Items (over 30 items)

- Photo Gallery

- Stoneware flagons (over 25 items)

Documents and pdf copies (in date order):

- Deeds of 23 and 24 High Street, from 1761.

- Textbook of maths and construction "Compendious Measurer", 1790, owned by Josiah Wooldridge.

- John of Gaunt halfpenny token - sale details.

- John Ward's "Mathematicks" textbook, owned by Josiah Wooldridge in 1792.

- John Bonnycastle's "Intruduction to Algebra", 1793, owned by Josiah Wooldridge of Gt Bedwyn, 1794.

- Robert Snook - the last of our highwayment, 1801.

- Inclosure Act for Hungerford, pre Royal Assent, May 1811.

- Earle's Stores Ledger, 1830.

- Hymns and Psalms sung at Hungerford Church, 1834 (title page).

- Congregational Chapel Pew Rents Account Book, 1864.

- Congregational Church Accounts, 1886.

- Church Accounts (?Congregational), 1888.

Alexander grocer's (25 High Street) ledger, 1895.

- W Gee Taylor's Almenac, 1896-1901

Menu for Savernake Stag Hunt Annual Ball in Hungerford, 10 Feb 1899. 

1903 Blacket's Directory

- Freeman's Chester Vaughan's Collotype View Book, 1903-1

- Freeman's Chester Vaughan's Collotype View Book, 1903-2

- Abstract of Title, 2 cottages in Church Street (?52 Church Street).

- Bundle of Deeds (relating to ?52 Church Street).

- GWR Rules and Regulations (part), 1 Jan 1913.

- Hungerford & Ramsbury Union Workhouse ledger, 1915 (part).

- "Our Mag", the journal of 339 (MT) coy ASC, Vol 1 No 1, 9 Feb 1916.

- "Our Mag", the journal of 339 (MT) coy ASC, Vol 1 No 2, 23 Mar 1916.

- "Our Mag", the journal of 339 (MT) coy ASC, Vol 1 No 3, 20 Feb 1916 (sic!).

- Letter addressed to Mr Clifton, Labour Exchange, 4 Sep 1919.

- Elsie White's First Communion, 12 Apr 1925

- Consecration of Hungerford Masonic Lodge, 30 Sep 1925.

- Cert Ed Form I at Council School (Norah Smith), 31 Mar 1926.

- 1928 Kelly's Directory

Brochure on The Bear Hotel, written by Mr & Mrs H A Cadd, landlords in 1930s.

- Sale of Poisons Register - Taylor's, 3 Bridge Street, 1931.

- Christian Endeavour Certificate for Norah Smith, Oct 1931.

- James & Co - Price List, 1937.

- James & Co - Order Form, 8 Mar 1937.

- James & Co - Cartridges, 1937.

- James & Co - Vitaliser dry foods, 1937.

- Photo of Tuttimen Newhook and Fisher with Fred Ruddle, 13 Apr 1937.

- Dr Starkey-Smith's obituary.

- Craven Hunt brochure, 1938.

- 1939 Kelly's Directory.

- Letter from William Rootes to the Palmers, 22 Jul 1940.

- National Savings Stamp Book (E Worsfold, 35 Charnham Street), 16 Dec 1941.

1942 Blacket's Directory

- Home Guard Certificate of Service, June 1940-31 Dec 1944 - John Henry Tucker.

- Home Guard Certificate of Service, June 1940-31 Dec 1944 - Frederick Roland Tucker.

- 1946 Blacket's Directory

Hungerford Gas Company Ledger No. 1, 1941-46 (part).

Hungerford Gas Company Ledger No. 4, 1941-46 (part).

- "History of 5th Berkshire Battalion Home Guard", by Lt-Col P W K Carr, 3rd May 1945.

- Marlborough Times - British restaurant, Regent Cinema, 10 Jan 1946.

Advert for Professor Frisco, magician of 32 Church Street, c1950.

History of Combe Gibbett, 27 May 1950

- "The Berkshire Yeomanry", Journal of Society for Army Historical Research, Autumn 1950.

- Newbury Byelaws for Hairdressers and Barbers, 1954.

- Various advertisements, Cinema, Andrews, Smith, Joan, Norris, May 1954.

- Chamber of Commerce Exhibition and Trade Fair, 14-17 Nov 1956.

- Pony Gymkhana programme, 16 Aug 1958.

- James & Co - Letter from Norman James re the fire, Jun 1960.

- James & Co - Brochure about the fire.

- Pony Gymkhana programme, 13 Aug 1960.

- Town Guide, 1967.

- NWN Centenary - "When the Tuttimen refused to tour (1902), and "Plane crash May 1917".

- NWN Centenary - several pre-war events.

- Berks & Hants Railway 120th Anniversary, Reading Mercury, 30 Dec 1967.

- Curious England (part, inc tumble stile and Hocktide), c1970.

- Steam Rally Souvenir programme 1970.

- Steam Rally Souvenir programme 1972.

- Steam Rally Souvenir programme 1973 (part).

Canal re-opening programme, 20 Jul 1974.

- Hungerford Arcade leaflet, c1974.

- Beacon Farm Sale catalogue, 25 Sep 1975.

- Opening of Hungerford Arcade - Reading Mercury, 11 Aug 1977

- New Mayor (Ernie Whittaker) and Constable (Maj Hathway), The Crusader, April 1982.

- Hocktide at Hungerford - 4 page leaflet by Town & Manor, 1980

- Carnival & Centenary Town Criers Competition, 12 Jul 1980.

- Letter re Paul Good's closing, 7 Nov 1983.

- Invoice for fishing rod etc - Geoffrey Rivaz - Stewart Hofgartner, 21 Jul 1984.

- Littlecote House Contents sale catalogue (cover), 20 Nov 1985.

- Littlecote sale - details of "Wild Darrell" painting, 20 Nov 1985.

- Hocktide Luncheon programme, 8 Apr 1986.

- Tragedy Gala Concert in St Nicholas's Church, Newbury, 20 Oct 1987.

- William & Mary official magazine (cover only), 1988.

- Letter re risk of Shoeing Ceremony after Hocktide Lunch, 3 Apr 1989.

Hocktide Luncheon programme, 24 Apr 1990.

- "Behind the Green Door" menu, c1990.

- "School Redevelopment puts child safety first", H'ford & Dist Times, 12 Sep 1990.

- "Hungerford Twinning", H'ford & Dist Times, 12 Sep 1990.

- "New Town & Manor Charity Scheme", H'ford & Dist Times, 12 Sep 1990.

- "Charnham Park opened", H'ford & Dist Times, 26 Sep 1990.

New Trustees election, H'ford & Dist Times, 26 Sep 1990.

- Hungerford Fishery, H'ford & Dist Times, 18 Dec 1990.

- "Keepers of the Keys, Town Badge, Borough", H'ford & Dist Times, 10 Apr 1991.

- Town Band, Ray Tubb 80, End of Magistrates Court, H'ford & Dist Times, 19 Dec 1991.

- Beating the Bounds ?1994, (part record)

Hocktide Luncheon programme, 25 Apr 1995.

- "More Rough Poetry" by Joan Kendall (cover only).

- "History of Hungerford Police", by Brian Tagg, Station Duty Officer, May 1995

- Invitation to Ale Tasting, 20 Apr 2009.

- Ticket for Hocktide Luncheon, 21 Apr 2009.

Undated items:

- Photograph album (no details). 

GWR Rules and Regulations (cover only) (undated). 

- Sale of Poisons Register Book (cover only) (undated).