This is another book in the Halsgrove Parish History series, reminding us of the people and events that have made our communities what they are today - celebrating the past and providing a stepping stone to the future.
The photographs in this unique volume, many of them previously unpublished, are a vital record of the history and inhabitants of this ancient settlement brought together from across the community. One of Thatcham's claims to fame is its listing in the "Guinness Book of Records" as 'Britain's oldest village', originating nearly 10,000 years ago.
Today it is dubbed the 'Growth town of West Berkshire' as a result of extensive postwar developments.
Thatcham's history has been documented in different ways over the years, beginning with Samuel Barfield's two-volume publication of 1901. The Book of Thatcham brings the town's history into the twenty-first century. All this, and much more, is detailed in this 160-page book, copiously illustrated throughout with over 250 historic photographs of the places and people who have made up the thriving community of Thatcham and its surrounding parish.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 9 781 84114 500 6, digital download, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published 2006. Pdf e-book April 2013.