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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...
    Free books hidden around Hungerford
    As part of Independent Bookshop Week – 24th June to 1st July – the ever-inventive Hungerford Bookshop are busy wrapping books in plain brown paper then hiding them around town to highlight the event

    An audience with Stewart Hofgartner
    Hungerford’s most colourful and arguably, most knowledgeable antique dealer will be sharing experiences from his extraordinary life and taking questions from the audience at the Hungerford Historical Society AGM on Wednesday 28th June at 7pm in the Corn Exchange.

    Ben Waters, Saturday 15 July HADCAF
    In a twenty five year career in which he has established himself as one of Europe’s supreme boogie piano players, Ben Waters creates a rollicking sound influenced by the rock and roll greats.

    Wessex Male Choir, Saturday July 1st HADCAF
    There are few things more stirring than a choir going at full pelt and Hungerford gets the chance to listen to one of the finest when the Wessex Male Choir comes to town on 1st July

    HADCAF 2017
    The reliably wonderful Hungerford and District Arts Festival has now published its 2017 programme which runs from Friday 30th June to Sunday 16th July, and what a line-up.

     Go Batty Walk - HADCAF
    We’re all mad for a bat and on 4th July the people of Hungerford get the opportunity to have an expert-led stroll along the river on Eddington Marsh to see and hear various species with the aid of high-powered torches and bat detectors.

    Francis Pugh and the Whisky Singers
    A huge hit on the festival circuit, Francis Pugh and the Whisky Singers are a six-piece band from Oxford, playing a mixture of bluegrass, Americana and roots music.

    Fabulous literary line-up
    The month of June sees a trio of riveting author events come to town courtesy of the ever-reliable Hungerford Bookshop and Arts for Hungerford.

    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.

    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.

    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