Spencers Wood Local History Group

is a study and research group rather than a society.  First established in 1995 in response to all the change and development taking place in our community our aim is to record and retain as much history as we can about our part of Shinfield Parish and to collect and share photographs and other documents and records before they are lost.

Meetings have been suspended due to Covid but we hope to resume monthly meetings soon.  Further details will be announced on the website. At our meetings we share progress with our current research projects and other requests for information as well as discussing current historical matters and  interesting changes in our community.  We also take part in local events such as fetes and the Carnival to promote and share our work with the local community.

So far we have published five books, most recently More from Our Village of Spencers Wood – still available, only £10.00.  Please email us if you would like to order a copy! Or if you’re local, you can purchase copies  from Spencers Wood Post Office or Budgens at Three Mile Cross.

Details of earlier publications can be found on the Publications page.

Membership of the Group has changed over time but stalwarts who have contributed to some or all of our publications and who are still members of the Group include Barry Boulton, Lesley Rolph, Jackie Blow, Margaret Bampton and  Patricia Green.


Our current reseach interests include:

  • Pubs in Shinfield Parish
  • Louisa Parsons
  • Anniversay of VE day WWII
  • Historical trail around St Mary’s Church, Shinfield
  • Analysis of Census data

We’d very much welcome hearing from you if you would like to join the Group or if you can help us with our ongoing research!  We are always gathering more information about our local history and villages, and we are always very happy to receive photographs of the area to show the differences over the years.

Please email us with any memories, photographs… in fact anything at all!