Outside St Michaels & All Angels Church. Photo: Simon Kemp

Spencers Wood Local History Group are a study and research group rather than a society. Our aim is to record and retain as much history as we can about our part of Shinfield Parish because there is so much housing development going on in our locality.

We meet once a month in the Pavilion on Spencers Wood Recreation Ground, discussing current historical matters. We have agendas, meeting minutes, we talk about our priorities, share information, and discus interesting changes in our community.  During the Summer we attend local events – e.g. local fetes and the Carnival.

Historically we have published five books – in 2016 “More from Our Village of Spencers Wood” – currently on sale for £13.

Please email us if you want to order a copy! Or if you’re local, you can purchase one from Spencers Wood Post Office, or Budgens at Three Mile Cross.

Sheila Davis

The group consists of (left to right) Barry Boulton, Lesley Rolph, Jackie Blow, Catherine Gover, Mary Wheway, Margaret Bampton, Jeannie Brice, Patricia Green and Sheila Davis (Sheila was not available when we had this picture taken). Barry is also a member of the Shinfield History Group.

The original “Our Village of Spencers Wood”, Lambs Lane School 1908-2008, Celebrating the Centenary of Ryeish Green School 1910-2010,  and in 2013, A History of Three Mile Cross Methodist Church.  

You can link to these through the Publication pages – see if you can help us with our ongoing research! We are always taking more information on 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, pictures – anything at all!

Group only information


Background of the Group

In 1994, Jeremy Saunders placed an advertisement in the local newspaper suggesting a local history group was set up. There was already a local society but Spencers Wood seemed to be left out.

Barbara Debney
Barbara Debney
Barbara Debney


Many people were interested at first but the numbers eventually got down to four (Margaret Bampton, Jackie Blow, Barbara Debney and Jill Sylvester). Unfortunately we lost one of the original members, Barbara Debney, who passed away on 1st July 2008. She is sorely missed.