National Listing updates

A new Project page on the website will give information on updates to the National List in West Berkshire. The Forum will also ensure local parishes and societies in the district know about changes in their own area, and any relevant consultations on the National List.

Tenth Forum AGM a Success

There was a high attendance at the Tenth AGM of the West Berkshire Heritage Forum on 31st May 2019, hosted this year by The Old Bluecoat School, formerly St Thomas's Chapel, Thatcham's Grade I listed building. During 2018 to 2019 the Forum has carried out a further Local Listing Panel, and put forward five heritage assets to the Council,  the approval of which is awaited, and is setting up a working group to review the Historic Environment Action Plan (HEAP). Parishes and societies have been generous in their donations this year, and the Forum's finances are healthy as a result.


Local Listing Panel

A Local Listing Panel will be held on Monday 29th October from 1.30pm at the Thatcham Town Council Chamber, Thatcham Town Council Offices, Borwnsfield Road, Thatcham, RG18 3HF. Members of the public are very welcome to attend. 


An informative AGM

WBHF AGM Presenters

The ninth West Berkshire Heritage Forum AGM held on 22nd June 2018 was a well attended and informative event. After the main business of the meeting and election of the committee, the audience were treated to talks by six representatives from local societies or parishes.

Heritage Roadshow 28th April

This year's Heritage Roadshow will be held on Saturday 28th April 2018 from 11am to 3pm at West Berkshire Museum.

This is your opportunity to find out about the local history and heritage societies, organisations and groups in West Berkshire, and what they do. Entry to the Museum is free - why not come along, talk to the exhibitors, and look at the latest Museum exhibitions. A great day out for all the family.

New additions to the Local List of Heritage Assets

The Gun Pub

On 12th December 2017, West Berkshire Council approved a further four heritage assets for the Local List. These are:








The Gun Public House, 142 Andover Road, Newbury (shown here)

The White Hart Inn, Hampstead Marshall

The Fire Plane, Greenham Common, Newbury

Bucklebury Mortuary Chapel and surrounding walls, Bucklebury Cemetery, Bucklebury Common

The full list of heritage assets and information on the Listing process can be found here:

Local Listing Proposals out to Consultation

The four heritage assets proposed for Local Listing on 28th June 2017 have now been put out to formal pubic consultation. The consultation runs until 19th November 2017, and West Berkshire Heritage Forum invites the public to review the proposals and make comments. The proposals can be seen here:

The four heritage assets which have been nominated are:

The White Hart Inn, Hamstead Marshall

Blue Plaques in Newbury

Newbury Town Council is commemorating Newbury notables, and notable events in Newbury history, with a series of Blue Plaques. Currently plaques have been erected to commemorate the Newbury historian Walter Money, his brother the architect James H Money, the astronomer Francis Baily, the Tudor clothier John Winchcombe (Jack of Newbury), the site of the first mobile phone call in 1985, and the George and Pelican Inn in Speenhamland. More information is available on the Council's website: