By Richard Gibbs

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Wokingham at Play

Wokingham’s past, in terms of leisure activities, is not completely wholesome. The local historian Arthur Heelas writing in 1928 said: ‘The sporting instincts of the inhabitants of the district have always been well developed, although not necessarily applied in the right direction.’ The wrong direction included bull baiting and bare-knuckle fighting.It wasn’t until the Victorian…

Wokingham’s Pubs and Breweries

At one point in time, Wokingham could boast 45 public houses, as well as three major breweries and a couple of inns. Our oldest pubs, such as the Queen’s Head, The Duke’s Head as well as The Roebuck and the Red Lion, can take us back to the 18th century. Others came with the railway in the Victorian era. In this short podcast, I look at the history of the pubs and breweries in Wokingham and the town’s ongoing enthusiasm for beer and wine. https://media.blubrry.com/overthehill/p/content.blubrry.com/overthehill/Wokingham_A_Potted_History_Pubs_and_Breweries.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

Wokingham at War

Wokingham was the epitome of the Home Front in WW1 and WW2. A small market town trying to maintain life as normal while everything was in turmoil. As the young men and women went off to war, the town was inundated with new arrivals: Belgium refugees, Canadian soldiers and the build-up of troops for D…

A long expected​ journey

To be honest, I wasn’t certain that I was ready for retirement. I was, however, certain that I was ready to stop work. After far too many years, the optimism and enthusiasm of youth had faded into cynism and frustration. This was set against a prevailing view that you are ‘over the hill’ or passed your best when you reach a certain age. So leaving work behind was easy. But looking ahead, what was I going to do to fill the time? A quick search on Google provided the answer! In fact, thousands of answers that were interspersed with financial…

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…