Education in Thatcham: A thirst for knowledge!

A look at both the drivers for education within England, and the provision of education in Thatcham, from the foundation of Lady Winchcombe’s Charity in the Chapel of St Thomas the Martyr to the provision of secondary education with the founding of Thatcham’s first secondary school.

The talk looks at the development of Charity, National and British school provision in Thatcham, and at those people – founders, teachers, students and apprentices, who are connected with this. Most of the buildings which supported education still exist in the town. The talk is researched from archive resources, books and local memories.

The image is of the former Chapel of St Thomas the Martyr, which was Lady Winchcombe’s Charity, a Bluecoat School for Boys founded in 1707.

This talk is free to members of Berkshire Family History Society but we request a donation of £5 from non-members.


Wed 10 Apr


14:00 - 16:00


West Berkshire Museum
West Berkshire Museum
The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5AS


Newbury Branch - Berkshire FHS


  • Sue Ellis

    Sue Ellis, is well known among local history circles in West Berkshire. Now retired from West Berkshire Libraries, she is currently Secretary of Thatcham Historical Society and of the West Berkshire Heritage Forum.