Enborne & Wash Common, an illustrated history

Penelope Stokes, 2010, 8in x10in (220mm x 255mm), 136pp, ISBN 9780952933925

This is a well researched and well written history of a small Berkshire parish on the Hampshire border, and south-west part of Newbury. It is lavishly illustrated with old photographs, prints and maps. To complete it there is a good list of sources and detailed index of personal names. Enborne's place in history is ensured because the first battle of Newbury was fought on Wash Common in 1643, and in the late 1990s it hosted the largest anti-road protest ever seen, when folk occupied trees and tunnels to oppose the Newbury bypass, which was eventually completed in 1998. This is a must-have for anyone with interest in the area, the Civil War or, as an example of an excellent local history for anyone intending to write their own book.

Jean Debney

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