The First Battle of Newbury – a turning point of the English Civil War

Parish Room, St. John’s Church St. John’s Road, Newbury, Berkshire

This talk looks at why the army of King Charles and the army of Parliament found themselves converging on Newbury in the autumn of 1643, how they deployed in the fields to the south of Newbury and how the fighting ebbed and flowed during the day of the battle, with the strategic decisions made that […]

Understanding Boxford’s Roman mosaic

Parish Room, St. John’s Church St. John’s Road, Newbury, Berkshire

The late Roman figurative mosaic discovered at Mud Hole, Boxford in Berkshire between 2017 and 2019 has proved to be the most important found in Britain for over fifty years. Covered with scenes from classical mythology and with a unique design, it is indeed unlike anything previously found in Britain. This lecture offers the excavator's […]

Newbury Traffic and Transport

Parish Room, St. John’s Church St. John’s Road, Newbury, Berkshire

Jon Winstanley will be looking at a range of issues, including how the council assesses demand, recent and planned schemes for highways changes in and around Newbury (including the Robin Hood roundabout); work on alternative travel options; and demand management/ co-ordination. Jon Winstanley is Service Director for Environment at West Berkshire Council.

Conservation Area Appraisals: Enhancing historic areas

Parish Room, St. John’s Church St. John’s Road, Newbury, Berkshire

A discussion of methods of appraisal and the contents of Conservation Area Appraisals Sue Ellis qualified at Reading University in the 1970's with a degree in History and Archaeology, and although her career before retirement was mostly based in libraries and in local authority policy departments, she maintains her deep interest in local history with […]

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Parish Room, St. John’s Church St. John’s Road, Newbury, Berkshire

The Newbury Society AGM

Parish Room, St. John’s Church St. John’s Road, Newbury, Berkshire

Annual General Meeting of the Newbury Society Newbury Society chairman David Peacock reviews the past year, talking about Newbury today, some of its attractions, and the range of challenges it faces. David Peacock researches, writes and talks on the history of the Newbury area from the Stone Age to the present day. He has written […]

Newbury Breweries

Parish Room, St. John’s Church St. John’s Road, Newbury, Berkshire

A History of Newbury’s Breweries, from the earliest records to the final demise of the industry in the town. A lavishly illustrated talk piecing together the fascinating and often complicated history of the descent of these businesses large and small. Phil Wood, an enthusiastic local historian, is President of the Newbury District Field Club. For […]