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Pre-Roman: Pre-historic Hungerford (Stone Age, Bronze Age, iron Age)

43-410 Roman Occupation

1066-1087 William I

1086 Domesday Survey

1087-1100 William II

1100-1135 Henry I

1103-18 First written mention of "Hungerford"

1135-1154 Stephen

1147 First written mention of a church at Hungerford

1154-1189 Henry II

1170 Burgesses of Hungerford used a 'common seal'

1189-1199 Richard I

1199-1216 John

1199 Survey of Savernake Forest mentions leper house at Hungerford

1200 Probable period of new town layout

1216-1272 Henry III

1227 Henry III's 2nd Charter for deforestation of Berkshire 10th May 1227

1232 Priory of St John established on 'Bridge Street' island

1241 Town call a 'borough' for the first time

1248 First mention of a market

1248 Theft by William Turnpeny - escaped to Kintbury

1272-1307 Edward I

1273 Chantry of Blessed Virgin Mary mentioned

1275 'Pons de Hungreford' mentioned

1275 Two water mills in the town

1307-1327 Edward II

1325 Robert de Hungerford founded Chantry of Holy Trinity

1327-1377 Edward III

1340 John of Gaunt born

1348-50 The Black Death - 30-60% of population die

1360 Probable date of the old 'Courte House'

1361 Town Fair mentioned

1362 John of Gaunt's wife Blanche inherits Lancastrian estates

1377-1399 Richard II

1399-1413 Henry IV

1413-1422 Henry V

1422-1461 Henry VI

1446 "Town" and "Borough" mentioned in grant to Lord Hungerford

1449 Construction of 2-bay cruck house (now 85-86 High Street)

1450 Possible date of the first Town Hall?

1460-61 Riot in Hungerford

1461-1483 Edward IV

1464 First mention of The Bear in Charnham Street

1470 Earliest known Rent Roll for Hungerford

1483 Edward V

1483-1485 Richard III

1485-1509 Henry VII

1494 Denne Myll (Dun Mill) mentioned

1509-1547 Henry VIII

1522 Muster Roll for Hungerford

1537 Bear Inn Landlord gives evidence against highwayman

1541 Bear Inn passed to Henry VIII's wives

1547 Priory of St. John dissolved by Henry VIII

1547-1553 Edward VI

1548 Chantry of Holy Trinity dissolved

1548 Chantry of Blessed Virgin Mary dissolved

1552 Duchy of Lancaster Survey of Hungerford

1553 Lady Jane Gray

1553-1558 Mary I

1558-1603 Elizabeth I

1566 Great Fire of Hungerford

1573 The Case of the Missing Charters

1573 Duchy of Lancaster Survey of Hungerford

1573 Second Town Hall built

1591 Duchy of Lancaster Survey of Hungerford

1592 Queen Elizabeth's coachman died and buried here

1600's Two fairs and three markets annually

1601 Poor Law Act

1603-1625 James I

1603-04 Plague Epidemic

1606 Duchy of Lancaster Survey of Hungerford

1617 Debate with Duchy finally settled by Feoffment

1625-1649 Charles I

1635 Dr. Sheaff founded Free Grammar School

1642-46 First Civil War

1643 First Battle of Newbury

1644 Second Battle of Newbury

1648 Second Civil War

1649-1660 Commonwealth

1654 John Evelyn visited

1660-1685 Charles II

1662 Settlement Act

1662 Hearth Tax introduced (repealed 1689)

1666 First "Buried in Woollen" Act (repealed 1814)

1667 Coal Tax introduced (repealed 1889)

1668 Samuel Pepys visited

1675 Local felony by John Boone

1676 Duchy of Lancaster Rent Roll of Hungerford

1676 George Bromham and Dorothy Newman hanged at Combe Gibbet

1685-1688 James II

1686 White Hart mentioned

1687 New clock bought for "Clock House" in Town Hall for £10. Clockwinder John Tubb

1688 William of Orange met Commissioners of James II at The Bear

1688-1702 William & Mary

1689 Hearth Tax repealed

1696 Window Tax (repealed 1851)

1697 Settlement Act

1702 Fire pump bought for £17

1702-1714 Anne

1702 Interesting account of Hunting in Hungerford

1707 Act of Union: England and Scotland forms Great Britain

1709 Jethro Tull (inventor of the seed drill) moves to Prosperous Farm

1714-1727 George I

1715 Fire in Hungerford mentioned in Constables accounts

1718 Lime trees planted around the pond in the High Street

1718-1720 First inoculation against smallpox

1722 Thomas Guy opens Guy's Hospital

1727-1760 George II

1727-1788 Thomas Gainsborough – English landscape and portrait painter

1728-1779 James Cook – English voyager. Endeavour, Resolution, and Adventure. Discovered New Zealand 1770

1730 First experiments with gas street lighting (see 1801)

1731 Jethro Tull publishes "Horse-hoeing Husbandry"

1733 Gate and rails at southern limits of town

1738 Charles Wesley founded Methodist Church

1740 Bridge Street made

1744 Newbury-Marlborough Turnpike Acts

1746 Glass Tax introduced (repealed 1845)

1750 Tea and coffee houses popular in Britain

1750 Bow Street runners – early "police" force

1751 William Hogarth "Gin Lane", "Beer Street" etc. 1697-1764

1751-1816 Richard Sheridan – British dramatist and MP, writer of comedies.

1752 Reform of the Calendar

1753 Hardwick Marriage Act – all (except Jews and Quakers) must marry in Anglican church

1757-1827 William Blake – English artist and poet

1758-1805 Horatio, Lord Nelson. Died on "The Victory"

1760-1820 George III

1762 Murder of William and Anne Cheyney

1765 First canal opened

1768 Royal Academy founded

1770 John Radcliffe opens infirmary in Oxford

1775-1851 Joseph Turner – English landscape painter.

1776-1837 John Constable – English landscape painter

1779 First ironbridge built – Abraham Derby

1781 Britain lost American colonies after 8 year war

1783 First manned hot-air balloon flight

1784 Brick Tax introduced (repealed 1850)

1786 Third Town Hall built

1788 First meeting to consider Western Canal

1788-1824 Lord Byron – English romantic poet

1792-1822 Percy Bysshe Shelley - poet

1794 Hungerford Troop of Berkshire Yeomanry formed

1795-1840 The Regency Period

1795 Speenhamland System (linking poor rate to the cost of bread)

1796 William Jenner performs first vaccination

1798 Western Canal opened to Hungerford

1800 Georgian period: age of consent 14 yrs for boys, 12 yrs for girls

1801 First Congregational Church built

1801 Act of Union – United Kingdom: Britain with Ireland (until 1920)

1801 General Enclosure Act

1801 Gas street lighting becomes widely used – extracted from coal

1805 Battle of Trafalgar

1805 Pond in High Street filled in

1807 First Slave Trade Act – first attempt to abolish the slave trade

1807 Wesleyan Ebenezer Chapel in Church Street was built

1809 George III's Golden Jubilee, 25th Oct

1810 Kennet and Avon Canal fully opened

1811-1820 The Regency Period

1811 Vaccination in Hungerford: Mr Major and Mr Barker vaccinating

1811 Enclosure Act for Hungerford received Royal Assent 25.5.1811

1813 Large Ordnance Depot built at Picket Field

1814 George Stephenson's first steam locomotive to haul coal from mines

1814 Buried in Woollen Act repealed

1814 National School built

1814-16 New Church of St Lawrence built

1815 3,700 miles of canal in use

1815 Battle of Waterloo. Duke of Wellington defeated Napoleon's army. 16,000 died

1816 "Year Without Summer" caused by the eruption of Indonesian volcano, Mount Tambora, the largest volcanic explosion in recorded history. Local crops lost.

1820-1830 George IV

1821 Bare Knuckle Fight on Hungerford Common between Bill Neat & Tom Hickman

1825 Local theft by John Giles and George Breadmore - transported to Australia

1827 Bare Knuckle Fight on Hungerford Common between Marten & Gybletts

1829 Sir Robert Peal organised civilian police force

1829 The Rocket wins £500 prize for fastest locomotive. Liverpool & Manchester Railway

1830 First bank in Hungerford

1830-1837 William IV

1830 Agricultural "Swing" Riots locally - Gibbons foundry and Tannery damaged

1832 Great Reform Bill passed

1833 Slavery finally abolished

1834 Poor Law Amendment Act

1835 Hungerford & Ramsbury Union formed

1834 Tolpuddle martyrs arrested for joining trade union. Transported to Australia

1836 Height of coaching era 200 coaches weekly on Bath Road

1837-1901 Victoria

1837 Turnstiles erected in Little Church Lane

1837 More than 20,500 miles of turnpike roads in use

1839 Royal Berkshire Hospital opened

1840 Meeting about Emigration to New Zealand

1840 New Congregational Church built

1842 Westfield House School established

1845 Canals virtually extinct

1845 Hungerford Gas Company registered

1845 Glass Tax repealed

1847 Railway opened to Hungerford terminus station

1848 New workhouse opened off Cow Lane

1848 Tithe Award for Hungerford

1848 By now only three coaches weekly on Bath Road

1850 Brick Tax repealed

1851 Window Tax repealed

1852 Grand Cricket Match, England v Hungerford, July

1852 Kennet and Avon Canal bought by GWR

1858 Night School established

1862 Railway extended west to Devizes

1863 Little Church Lane turnstile replaced by posts

1864 Primitive Methodist Chapel in Bridge Street built

1864 Police Station built

1868 St Saviours Church, Eddington built

1869 Wesleyan Chapel in Charnham Street built

1870 Newtown School Chapel (St Mary's Church, Newtown) built

1870 Hungerford Post office first connected to the Telegraph system

1871 New Town Hall and Corn Exchange built

1872 Autumn Troop Manoeuvres around Hungerford

1874 Railway converted to standard gauge

1876 Murder of two local policemen

1877 Last year canal made a profit

1879 Restoration of St Lawrences completed

1879 Bullock stampede in Hungerford

1884 Old Grammar School in Croft closed

1887 Rural Sports, 11th April

1887 Queen Victoria's Jubilee, 21st June

1888 Mr Gibbons's boundary dispute with the Town and Manor

1889 Coal Tax repealed

1891 First steam fire engine "Greenwich"

1892 Party for townspeople of Hungerford to celebrate Sir William Pearce's 31st birthday

1893 First fire station built in Charnham Street

1894 Boundary changes bringing Charnham Street into Hungerford

1894 Charnham Street Floods

1896 Second railway bridge over High Street

1897 Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, 20th June

1899 St John's Mission Hall built

1900 Church House built

1901-1910 Edward VII

1901 Church House club formed

1903 Water Works company formed

1905 Telephone exchange first installed

1907 School added to Primitive Methodist Chapel

1908 Formation of Town & Manor Charity, under Charity Commissioners

1909 New Sewerage and Drainage system

1910-1936 George V

1910 Tragic death of Mr Freddie Pratt, June

1910 New motorised fire engine "Dreadnought"

1910 Swimming sports in the canal, 1910 onwards

1910 New 'council' school built in Fairview Road

1912 Visit of King George V to Chilton

1914 Post Office built

1914-18 First World War

1915 180 Company A.S.C. MT. stationed in Hungerford

1917 Plane crash in Hungerford

1919 Peace Celebration Dinner

1920 Widening of Bridge Street: Dedication of War Memorial

1921 Sports ground opened in The Croft

1921 War Memorial Dedication Service

1924 Motorised fire engine 'John of Gaunt'

1928 Sale of Inglewood Estate (4,225 acres with many local properties and farms)

1932 Charnham Street floods, 16 May

1932 Lytton Strachey, Bloomsbury Group, dies at Ham Spray House, 28 May

1936 Edward VIII

1936-1952 George VI

1939-45 Second World War

1944 General Eisenhower addressed American troops on Common

1948 George VI and Queen Elizabeth passed through Hungerford

1948 "Black Legend" - film about Combe Gibbet made by John Schlesinger

1952-now Elizabeth II

1952 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip passed through the town

1953 Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation, 2 Jun 1953

1960 Fire destroyed James Mill

1963 John of Gaunt Secondary School opened

1964 Swimming pool opened

1964 Railway station demolished

1966 Third railway bridge over High Street

1967 Library opened in Church Street

1968 New fire station in Church Street built

1970 Steam Fairs on the Common in aid of Corn Exchange restoration

1971 Railway accident demolished signal box

1971 M4 Motorway opened

1974 Local government re-organization: first Mayor of Hungerford

1974 Re-opening of Kennet and Avon Canal to Hungerford

1978 New bells hung in St Lawrence's Church

1979 Formation of Hungerford Historical Association

1980 Hungerford and Camburn Educational Foundation formed

1981 Hungerford twinned with Ligueil

1987 Hungerford shooting tragedy

1988-89 Archaelogical Dig at Undy's Farm

1998 Hungerford Fish Mortality

2008 New library and council office opened in Church Street

2012 Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee

2012 Jubilee Pedestrian bridge built over canal

2015 Queen Elizabeth celebrates being the longest reigning monarch - 9 Sep - 63 yrs, 216 days

2017 Police Station closed

2017 Fire Station in Church Street re-developed as a Tri-force Station

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