Wokingham: A Potted History

Wokingham is a market town on the edge of Windsor Forest in England. It is where I have lived most of my life; it is where my family has grown up.

And until recently, it is a place that I knew very little about. Like many, perhaps, I worked five days a week; weekends were busy with children, family and routine commitments. There was little time to wander around Wokingham.

This series of podcasts tries to correct my own lack of appreciation for the town as I explore various aspects of the town’s history.

But first, I am going to take a short walk around the town to see what I can see.

The picture of All Saints church is available from Wokingham’s Virtual Museum. It was painted in 1832 by W.A. Delamott who worked at the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. (“All Saints Parish Church, Wokingham,” Wokingham’s Virtual Museum, accessed January 9, 2019, https://www.wokingham-tc.gov.uk/museum/document/481.)

It is easy to recognise the church from Delamott’s drawing, but I find the characters most interesting as they do not come across as Wokingham’s finest. One has climbed over the wall into the graveyard, the others seem to be lounging against the church wall. I like to think that the passenger in the cart is looking at the boys disapprovingly and muttering to the driver something to the effect that things were never like this when they were young!

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