Victorian Wokingham

Looking at a photograph of the inhabitants of Wokingham celebrating Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, there is the appearance of a town that was affluent and confident. 

If we were to go back however to when Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837, it would be a very different Wokingham that we would encounter.

In this podcast I will look at the changes that took place during Victoria’s reign that made Wokingham a desirable and attractive place to live.

The Founding of Wokingham

Have you ever wondered when Wokingham was founded, or indeed why it was established where it is? Wokingham’s early history starts in the Anglo Saxon period. The town developed during the medieval period with a market and annual fairs. In this episode of Wokingham A Potted History I explore the foundation of the town, try and explain why it was located here in the first place, and describe how a priest called Alerud should be considered one of Wokingham’s founding fathers.