Thomas Chambers

Description

A framed drawing of Thomas Chambers with the following inscription:-

THOMAS CHAMBERS
Sergeant at Mace, Town Crier and Sexton
From 1826 to 1861
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There follow an extract from the Reading Mercury dated Sat 1st October 1955:-

Added to those curios which, if room was available, could form the nucleus of a borough museum, has been the recent gift of a print of Thomas Chambers, mace bearer, town crier and sexton of the town from 1826 until 1861. It was given to the Town Clerk by Mr. William Chambers, of 8, Eastry House, Hartington Road, London S.W.8. whose father was the last of the family to carry on the tradition. Thomas Chambers is depicted as a portly man, in uniform and carrying the town crier’s bell. Although a pillar of the local church, and a loyal servant of the council, it is reputed that Thomas Chambers was in some ways “a law unto himself,” for he acted as “look-out’ man at the bouts of cock-fighting that were then common in the district. Mr. William Chambers himself has a connection with the town, for he was one of the members of “D” Coy., 4th Bn., Royal Berkshire Regiment, who left the Wokingham Drill Hall in August 1914.

Source

Identifier

WTH0286

Citation

“Thomas Chambers,” Wokingham's Virtual Museum, accessed December 13, 2019, https://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/museum/document/WTH0286.

Files

ThomasChambers.JPG

Date

1861