A History of Wargrave

The village of Wargrave is on the Berkshire bank of the river Thames between Reading and Henley. The parish includes the hamlets of Crazies Hill and Hare Hatch.

Recorded in the Domesday Survey, the talk will look at people, places and events from over 900 years of its history. The story includes kings, queens and bishops, village benefactors, farmers and many others – some well-known, others less so. The impact of forward-thinking villagers, national events, and its growth in the 19th and 20th centuries will be illustrated with photographs from the last 150 years.

This is the last of three talks in the Around Reading Talks Series. The other talks take place on 11th January and 8th February. You may book tickets for individual events or for all three talks in the series for a reduced price.  

After the talk, tea/coffee and cake will be available (included in the price). Pre-booking is preferred, but you can pay on the door, if there are spaces available.  

Image: High Street, Wargrave, Berkshire by Oswald Bertram – Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license 

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Thu 07 Mar


14:00 - 15:30

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  • Peter Delaney
    Peter Delaney

    Although originally from Dorset, Peter came to Berkshire to teach in Wargrave in 1970, and has lived in his present house in the village since 1981. He began researching aspects of village history in 1975, and when the Wargrave Local History Society was formed in 1981, became its first deputy chairman, subsequently serving as chairman, and from 1992 onwards has been the society’s secretary. He wrote on aspects of village history for The Book of Wargrave and The Second Book of
    Wargrave, being editor for the latter, and was joint author for the Illustrated Book of Wargrave.

    Among his other interests, he is a Trustee for the Thames Valley and Great Western Omnibus Trust, where he leads the specialist Berkshire based archive team.