Riots, Randies and Women not their Wives

A talk explaining the social and living conditions of the 19th Century railway navvy, his recreations and pastimes and the plight of his wife and her children.

Non members are always welcome and are invited to make a £3 donation towards costs.

Large Car Park (free)

Refreshments available


21 Oct 2019


Doors open 7.15 pm
19:30 - 21:30


Abingdon Branch


Abingdon Branch
Long Furlong Community Centre, Boulter Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1XP, UK


  • Chris and Judy Rouse
    Chris and Judy Rouse

    Chris and Judy Rouse both have railway ancestors in the Midland and the Great Western Railways.

    Chris has written a series of articles on early Midland railway accidents and other subjects relating to the Midland Railway.

    Judy is a family history researcher of long-standing, with ancestry in Wiltshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire. She is a member of both Shropshire and Wiltshire FHS and had a period as the latter’s General Secretary

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Berkshire Family History Society works to meet the needs of those researching their ancestry across the UK and overseas – as well as those looking for former relatives in historic Berkshire.  You do not need to be a member to benefit.

The society offers:

  • Research Zone in central Reading that is free to use and open to all

  • Free access at The Centre for Heritage and Family History to online resources like FindMyPast, the 1939 Register, The Genealogist, the British Newspaper Archive and Ancestry (the worldwide edition)

  • Regular free help and advice sessions

  • Meetings in Abingdon, Bracknell, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and Woodley — open to everyone

  • Online discussion list for members  informed answers to research queries and advice from experienced researchers

  • Members’ Area with data and other information not readily accessible elsewhere

  • Indexes and transcriptions of Berkshire’s historic records on CD — parish registers, probate documents, monumental inscriptions, maps, First World War history and more

  • Quarterly magazine, the Berkshire Family Historian, for members

  • a chance to join in project work, recording, transcribing and helping to preserve records

  • Links to the research experience, advice and support of members worldwide

  • Opportunities to volunteer and so help others with their family history