The Hungerford Historical Association

Welcome to the website of the Hungerford Historical Association.

Established in 1979, the HHA is one of the
best supported groups in the town,
and has about 200 members.

This website is all about the HHA itself.
To explore more of Hungerford's wonderful history
visit the Hungerford Virtual Museum.

The next meeting: 

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 25th May, when the speaker will be Dr. Hugh Pihlens talking on “The Clocks and Clockmakers of Hungerford”.

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“The Clocks and Clockmakers of Hungerford”


Dr Hugh Pihlens

Wednesday 25th May,

at 7.30pm in the Corn Exchange, Hungerford.

Visitors will be welcome, £4.00 at the door.

Hugh Pihlens joined the Hungerford GP medical practice in 1973 and soon came to appreciate the charm of Hungerford and its diverse and fascinating history.

He started the Hungerford Historical Association in 1979 and has been Chairman on several occasions. He remains on the committee as archivist.

In 1983 he was invited by Nicholas Battle to write "The Story of Hungerford", the first of Countryside Books Town History series. In 1992 Phillimore Publishers invited him to write "Hungerford - A Pictorial History", including 170 captioned historic photographs, which was expanded in a second edition in 2007.

He regularly leads guided walks around the town and wrote a small booklet "A Walk About Hungerford" in 1998, describing a series of walks around the town illustrating its history through local buildings and artefacts.

Hugh has been interviewed on Radio Berkshire and Radio 210 on several occasions and appeared on BBC television with Julia Bradbury’s “Canal Walks” in 2011.

Since his retirement from General Practice, he has developed the large website on Hungerford’s history – the Hungerford Virtual Museum.

He has given many talks to the HHA and across the wider community on a variety of topics.

This talk entitled “The Clocks and Clockmakers of Hungerford” looks at the long history of our fascination with the concept of “time” and the development of ever more accurate time pieces.

From the 17th century all towns had clockmakers, and Hugh shares his research into the many clockmakers in Hungerford. He illustrates his talk with reference to the several longcase and wall clocks that he has restored in recent years.

What's on?

Our monthly meetings are attended by about 60-150 people. Follow this to see the current program of meetings.

The Annual Summer Outing:

The 2022 trip is scheduled for Friday May 13th and we intend to visit the National Trust properties at Great Chalfield Manor and The Courts Gardens near Melksham (please see the flyer for more details).

How can I join the HHA?

The HHA has about 200 members. Follow this to see all about membership and how to join.

 This is the active HHA website - exciting changes are coming soon!