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Issue 151    December 1st   to March 1st 2022

Hungerford Historical Association

September saw a welcome return to face-to-face meetings in the Corn Exchange when over 100 members and guests attended Helen Lockhart’s fascinating talk on Lady Craven of Benham Park. Following Neil Stevens October presentation ‘Yanks in the Kennet Valley, we look forward to welcoming Mick Gilbert on November 24th when he looks at ‘London 1851 and the Great Exhibition’.

Next year we have a variety of talks beginning in January with Roger Day’s ‘Fuelling the town – a history of Hungerford’s petrol filling stations’. In February Meriel Larkin entertains us with the extraordinary story of the rescue of a Victorian steamship in the Andes; and in March Rob Chicken tells the story of a Merchant Seaman 1908-1946. Further ahead we have Dr Chris Carlon illustrating the history of the salt mines of Cheshire and Dr Hugh Pihlens on the historic clocks and clockmakers of Hungerford. We also look forward to a members outing in May visiting Great Chalfield Manor and The Courts garden in Wiltshire.

Work on the Roman Villa at Littlecote by volunteer members of HHA resumed during the summer months. The entire grand Orpheus mosaic has now been cleaned and looks magnificent. Coppicing of willow trees along the riverbank is well under way and it is hoped that restoration of the collapsed hypocaust area will take place in 2022 led by archaeologist Luigi Thompson.

All meetings normally take place on the 4th Wednesday of the month and start at 7.30pm in the Corn Exchange. The annual subscription is £13 whilst non-members are welcome at a ticket price of £4 per meeting. For more information about HHA, including how to join, please visit http://www.hungerfordhistorical.org.uk

Dr Caroline Ness     
Chairman Hungerford Historical Association