The Story 0f Newbury
Newbury, situated at the crossing of main routes from east to west and from north to south, began as a settlement by a ford across the river Kennet. It grew to a centre of national significance in the heyday of the cloth trade, and was of strategic importance to both sides in the Civil War. During the following centuries it developed into a thriving market town serving the surrounding countryside and villages. Today it is also a busy centre for commerce: modern industries and new technologies are ensuring that its progress continues into the 21st century.
This stimulating and highly readable account of the town's history is accompanied by both modern photographs and
pictures of Newbury in earlier times. Of particular interest is the chapter on Newbury's architectural heritage which takes the form of a street guide to buildings of importance.
The Story of Newbury will be a treasured source of information
and pleasure to those who have known Newbury all their lives, and a valued guide for new residents and visitors.
Tony Higgott has lived in the Newbury area for the past twenty three years and has recently retired as Curator of the Museum in Newbury.