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  • History

    It is so easy to feel closer to our past and our ancestors in Hungerford, a town which can trace its way back to the Stone and Bronze ages. History brings visitors from around the world to the town and for those who can’t get here there is the wonderful Hungerford Virtual Museum where the past is present and somehow still alive.

    Hungerford Townsite will regularly feature news, views and stories about Hungerford’s history as well as providing information, guides, walks and photographs for the town’s visitors use and entertainment.

    Much of the content in this section is reproduced by kind permission of the Hungerford Virtual Museum and Hugh Pihlens

  • Local ww1 soldier's diary discovered

    Friday, 06 February 2015.

    Attention all Vockins - Are you related to WW1 soldier Pte F. C. Vockins? Hungerford Townsite has been contacted by a reader in possession of a transcript from the diary kept by Pte Vockins...

    Hungerford Tutti Day – history that makes us famous.

    Tuesday, 08 April 2014.

    Hungerford’s patron John of Gaunt (Ghent), 1st Duke of Lancaster (1340-1399) on engraving from the 1800s. Member of the House of Plantagenet and the third surviving son of King Edward III of England...

    A Brief History of Hungerford

    Monday, 12 August 2013.

    Hungerford appears to be a thriving modern town with Georgian origin. In reality it is much older – a market town with an interesting history. Stone Age tools and a Bronze Age building were found...

    Blasts from the past

    Tuesday, 16 April 2013.

    “An event, which may be thought to illustrate the salubrity of this district, occurred in the decease of a centurion at Chilton, on October 7. It seems to be ascertained, without doubt, that John Stocker who died at his son’s house on that day was upwards of 101 years old.” ...

    Ghosts at Littlecote House

    Wednesday, 23 April 2014.

    Next time you visit Littlecote House keep a wary eye out for ghosts. That black dog you see on the stairs may not be all it seems! No-one knows who’s dog it was or where it came from. But try to ...

    Extracts for Remembrance Sunday 2013

    Monday, 18 November 2013.

    "Wings for Victory" parade, 2 May 1943 The photograph shows WAAFs from Ramsbury taking part in the Grand Procession on Sunday 2nd May 1943, during Hungerford's 'Wings for Victory' week. Air Marshal...

    Culture & heritage, Hungerford's jewel in the crown

    Monday, 20 May 2013.

    Hungerford has so much to offer and Hungerford Online wants to tell the world all about it! From its central position at the heart of the North Wessex Downs – an ideal point from which to tour – a...

    The Methodist Church - The Story

    Monday, 15 April 2013.

    John and Charles Wesley were Church of England priests in the 18th century. They felt called to bring the word of God to non-churchgoers and to address some of the pressing social issues of the day, m...
    Hungerford loses it orangeman in sudden death
    Hungerford is in shock after the sudden death on 28th February, of Paul Lewington.

    Claim your business rates relief
    Newly invigorated by their recent re-invention to better serve members of the business community, the Hungerford Chamber of Commerce will be holding a series of useful talks at their monthly meetings on the first Thursday of each month

    All Change at the Chamber
    On Thursday, 2nd March the Hungerford Chamber of Commerce held its AGM at the Three Swans to discuss findings from the recent Business Survey and what role the Chamber needs to play to best serve local businesses and retailers

    Come together
    Townsite has spent the six weeks since the start of 2017 canvassing members of the business community in Hungerford for their views on the state of our town. I

    Benyon helps to banish the blues
    Always a staunch and vocal advocate for mental health provision, West Berkshire's MP Richard Benyon recently attended the launch of Brighter Berkshire, a community-led initiative to make 2017 the Year of Mental Health in Berkshire.

    Your Library is about so much more than books
    Judging from the amount of community activity going in Hungerford Library, the council are going to have a hard time justifying its closure in their next round of swingeing cuts.

    Why live in Hungerford?
    Those of us who live here don't have to think twice, we love it and, you've had a job to persuade us to go elsewhere.

    Is now a good time to sell my house?
    It's the 64 million dollar question and one which solicits a variety of answers depending on the source, but there is broad consensus around a few key facts

    Hungerford Townsite, review and preview
    TOWNSITE has become the go-to destination for everything local.

    Amazing travel deals - Hot or Cold
    If you're prepared to get out of the blocks quick, there are some extraordinary travels deals to be had in 2017.

    The Resolutions Revolution
    Many of us make doomed resolutions for the New Year; we are going to get fit, join a gym or give up smoking and swearing.

    Get married for free
    With the cost of weddings spiralling and the inevitable battles about who to invite, couples are opting to marry abroad in greater numbers than ever before

    A life lived in full colour
    Call it time of year or time of life, but we have been feeling a little jaded of late in the Townsite offices.

    Beavers on the endangered list
    Berkshire Scouts are desperately trying to recruit new leaders for their 1st Hungerford Beaver Colony.

    Weekday Rental Property, North End near Newbury
    Significantly more affordable, and indeed comfortable, than a hotel or boarding house, this extremely well presented two-bedroom cottage is an ideal opportunity for those who make a weekly commute to the Newbury are

    Food glorious day
    In photos, Hungerford's 2016 food festival packs out in glorious October sunshine

    Townsite Goes to Marlborough
    After a year in the planning, Townsite Marlborough has just gone live! The success of the Hungerford Townsite prompted Marlborough residents and businesses to ask us when we could do the same for their gorgeous and quintessentially English market town.

    Walks in around Hungerford
    Walking in the beautiful areas of outstanding natural beauty in and around Hungerford is a very special experience. Throughout the summer, we will be publishing details of some of the best and favourite walks in the town and its surrounding villages and countryside

    Hungerford – A great English destination town
    Hungerford has a timeless quality that is essentially very English – it is like an idyllic town created for TV – except, of course it is very real,” says our MP, Richard Benyon

    Hungerford – such a beautiful place to live and we love it!
    Hungerford is internationally famous for being a beautiful place to visit and, as it sits at the centre of the North Wessex Downs, it is in a beautiful location too. And according to a recent survey of Hungerford residents, we really care about our town and surrounding countryside with 98% of us in favour of keeping the town's traditional character and 99% of us want to protect the Marsh, the Common and all our surrounding countryside.