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  • Collection: History of Wokingham Town Council

Wooden Album

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A wooden covered album of text and photographs depicting the Victorian Street Fair and Civic Ceremony held on 2nd November 1985.

Wokingham Town Hall

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The Town Hall replaced the old Guildhall, which had become so dilapidated that it was decided to demolish it and build a replacement. The replacement was to serve mainly as a courthouse, police station, Council Chamber, small covered market, rooms…

Wokingham Guildhall

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The Guild Hall was the building previously on the site of the current Town Hall the below is an extract from the history of this building. Due to this being pre the age of photography the guild hall only exists in drawings and paintings some of which…

William Radcliffe Van Staubenzee

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Sir William van Straubenzee was the only son of Brigadier Arthur Bowen van Straubenzee DSO MC. and his wife Margaret Joan Radcliffe. He had a sister, Viv. He was a British Conservative Party politician. The family name had come to the United Kingdom…

Veronica Muriel Essame

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Veronica Essame, daughter of Frederick Heald (b. 1861), a solicitor, and mother Amy (b. 1862), was born in East Ham, Essex in July 1906. She was the youngest of three sisters and two brothers.

She lived in Finchampstead Road, Wokingham and was…

Thomas Chambers Drawing

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

THOMAS CHAMBERS
Sergeant at Mace, Town Crier and Sexton
From 1826 to…

Seal Press

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A metal painted seal press still used for certain Town Council documents to this day.

Programme for Freeman of the Town ceremony (Mr. W. R. Van Straubenzee)

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Programme entitled as follows:-
CEREMONY TO GRANT THE STATUS of HONORARY TOWNSPERSON OF WOKINGHAM to MR. W.R. VAN STRAUBENZEE, M.B.E., M.P. on SATURDAY, 13th SEPTEMBER, 1980 at 11.00 a.m. at WOKINGHAM TOWN HALL..

This was in recognition and…

Opening the Town Hall

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A framed copy of the " Illustrated London News" reporting on the opening of the Town Hall on 6th June 1860.
The new town hall was officially opened with much pomp and ceremony by the High Steward of Wokingham, Richard Cornwallis Neville, 4th Lord…

Mayor Headington's Banquet programme

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Programme for the Mayor's (John Headington) Banquet, at the Town Hall, Wokingham on Monday November 9th 1903. This includes an eight course menu, a toast list, programme of Music and a list of the members of the Corporation.