More from Our Village of Spencers Wood
Have you ever looked up as you walked into the Spencers Wood Library? There are some initials above the door. Have you ever wondered what they meant?
Did you know that Spencers Wood had its own Co-op Store?
Where was Spencers Wood Common, the one that Mary Mitford spoke of so often?
All the answers to these questions and many more facts about your village can be found in the new book, which we expect to publish this month. It is called ‘More from Our Village of Spencers Wood’.
The book has been researched and written by the Spencers Wood Local History Group and has taken several years to come to fruition. The group has researched many original documents and spent many hours in Reading Library and the Berkshire Record Office.
There are chapters on many aspects of Village Life.
The Square was the centre of the village at the beginning of the 20th century and details about all the houses are set out in the chapter on The Square. Then there were two large houses in the village. Highlands, now Vistra Offices was the home of the Magill Family. Stanbury Park was burnt down in 1960. Both houses have an interesting history and these are detailed in the book. There was a Prisoner of War Camp at Stanbury during and after World War II.
The licence for the original Chapel on the site of the United Reformed Church was dated 1817. There is a copy of it in the book. St Michael and All Angels Church was built nearly a hundred years later. The village hall came a little later still and many of the activities taking place there have been documented. The local schools have a mention including the latest school, Oakbank Secondary Free School.
This is a must buy book and will be available soon at a very reasonable price. It is very well illustrated.
We will be having several book launches in the village in the Autumn. Come along and meet us.
You can also order a copy via our email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via the contacts page on this web site.