Tagged Local History

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: 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…