The Wokingham Society is a Civic Society established in the 1960s to combat the threat to the town's buildings
and facilities from widespread and often thoughtless redevelopment. Although it has not always been possible to
prevent the loss of individual landmarks, the Society's voice has been significant in helping to preserve many
local historical features and to ensure that development has been sensitive to the town's heritage.
The Society's aims are clearly set out in the constitution which is available on the website here, but its main purposes may be summarised as:
• Encouraging the conservation of the character and traditions of
Wokingham as an historic market town
• Promoting study of the history of Wokingham and interest in our heritage
• Welcoming new development and business which enhance and invigorate the town
while constructively opposing measures that do not
• Proposing improvements to the town's environment and amenities
Wokingham has experienced major development in its town centre and in strategic housing locations in the north of the town. Details of these, and the Society’s involvement during the planning stage, can be found here.
Courtesy of John Beach, who inherited it after it passed to his father, the Wokingham Society has been given,
and placed in the Royal Berkshire Archives, a beautifully written and illustrated book by Louise Cecilia Bazalgette
Lucas Lucas (who later married Rev. Joseph Stratton, Master of the Lucas Hospital, Wokingham), recording the family
history of the Lucases. This has been made into an eBook which can be viewed here.
We are pleased to announce the publication of Wokingham A Chronology of the 19th and 20th Centuries written by Jim Bell, local historian and author of many booklets on Wokingham's history. Please see the press release here.
At the Society’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 15 November 2023 at 7.45 pm for 8.00 pm in Wokingham Town Hall Peter Must will give a talk about the recently donated hand-written and illustrated book by Louise Lucas about the history of the Lucas family. Admission is free to all without booking. See details here.
Dennis Eyriey gave a talk about the history and work of Wokingham United Charities on Wednesday 21 June. You can read a report of his talk here. here.
John Harrison gave a talk on Wokingham’s Bricks and Bells on Wednesday 15 March 2023 in the Town Hall. A report of his talk can be read here.
For a list of previous Open Meeting topics and reports please click here.