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 26th January, when our HHA Membership Secretary Roger Day will talk on “Fuelling the Town – A History of Hungerford’s Petrol Filling Stations”.
“Fuelling the Town – A History of Hungerford’s Petrol Filling Stations”
Wednesday 26th January,
at 7.30pm in the Corn Exchange, Hungerford.
Visitors will be welcome, £4.00 at the door.
Roger was born in Marlborough, grew up in Ramsbury and now lives in Hungerford. For the past forty years or so he has been passionately interested in the area’s recent wartime history and this fascination has resulted in the publication of several books on the subject. However, less well known is his interest in Britain’s motoring past, which started in the mid-1960s following a visit to the now defunct Cheddar Motor Museum.
The Bath Road, or A4 as it is now more commonly known, has been a busy and important trade route for centuries and the arrival of the motor car significantly increased traffic volumes. The Kennet Valley section of the A4 is a fairly sparsely populated region with just three principle towns along its route – Newbury, Hungerford and Marlborough. Therefore Hungerford’s location made it an ideal spot for motorists to stop for a bite to eat or a place to fill their car’s petrol tank. Hungerford’s businessmen saw the potential opportunities this offered and a number of concerns started pampering to the motorist’s needs. Roger's presentation looks at the history and development of these businesses and includes many rare period photographs.
Please note: we are very mindful of the need to take sensible precautions to keep everyone as safe as possible from spreading Covid-19. Because Covid 19 infections have dropped locally since Christmas we are leaving the wearing of face masks in the hall to your discretion. However, the committee strongly urge you to take a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) before setting out and only attend if it shows a negative result.
Please read the Covid-19 Protocol written by our Chairman, Dr Caroline Ness, before attending the meeting.
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!