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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...
    Move over Black Friday, it’s time for Saturday Sanctuary!
    In the run up to the notorious Black Friday event, the high street will teem with anxious shoppers hustling and bustling through the local stores for the best bargains running up to Christmas.

    Come Dine With Hungerford - seeking local contestants
    It is the nation’s favourite tea time show and it’s coming to our doorstep to film the next series of this classic TV show!

    The big Hungerford switch on
    It’s that time of year again and Hungerford’s magical switch-on event is back! This fairy tale event has become a favourite in the family calendar and this year is no exception.

    BMW donated for a good cause
    SWIFT Medics are trained volunteer pre-hospital emergency care doctors who attend road traffic accidents and medical emergencies in Wiltshire when an incident is so serious that the NHS ambulance team needs the help of an appropriately qualified Doctor at the scene.

    In conversation with Masterchef’s Ollie Hunter
    Ollie Hunter is a local celebrity after reaching the semi-finals of Masterchef 2013, a programme that attracts around 5 million viewers.

    Blissed-out at Inglewood
    You know when your trusted hairdresser of ten years tells you he’s found a good spa that you need to sit up and take notice.

    Avebury
    Avebury is a henge monument (which is an ancient place surrounded by a bank and ditch) and is the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle, originally comprising of some 100 standing stones, with two inner stone circles.

    Three swans open for business again and looking fabulous
    After major investment by the Coaching Inn Group, Hungerford’s Three Swans Hotel, Eatery and Coffee Shop is once again open for business and looks set to be Hungerford’s go-to place for accommodation, eating, drinking and just hanging out with a coffee.

    Savour a slice of southern Sweden
    Nordic noir, Medieval towns, architecture, serene rail travel, beaches and superb innovative food.

    Tasting in Tuscany
    Since the 11th Century the Borgo di Castelvecchio or ‘village of the old castle’ has been dominated by the structure that bears its name.

    Lord Coe loves Hungerford
    Olympic medal winner and Chairman of FIFA's Ethics Committee, Sebastian Coe was at the opening of Hungerford's Barrs Yard on Friday.

    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.

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

    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