The Story of Newbury

David Peacock, (Countryside Books, 2011), A5, Paperback, 160pp

The busy market town of Newbury is home to the famous race course, an international telecommunications business, a leading pharmaceutical company and many other thriving enterprises. The town has grown immensely from its’ origins in pre-roman times. This book concentrates on the town itself rather than the wider area as in previous books of the same title and is a new account of Newbury’s past. It tells of the journey through time and events which have helped shape the town. From mud huts on the banks of the River Kennet to the opening of the Parkway (shopping) Centre in the twenty first century, Newbury has a long and interesting history. It tells how the accumulation of the wealth of Newbury was established on its cloth trade and of the two battles fought within its boundaries in the Civil War and brings us up to more recent times with the peace protestors camped around Greenham Common beginning in 1981 and the treetop protests prior to the bypass being completed in 1998.

Illustrated with prints and photographs, a comprehensive list of commendations for further reading and index, this book will be of great interest to all who would like to know more about Newbury.

Mary Smith 

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