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15
Fri
2019
7:30 pm Call Me By Your Name – Croft Films @ Croft Hall, Hungerford
Call Me By Your Name – Croft Films @ Croft Hall, Hungerford
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Call Me By Your Name - Croft Films @ Croft Hall, Hungerford
A Major Motion Picture from Director Luca Guadagnino, Starring Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet, and Written by James IvoryWINNER BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY ACADEMY AWARD. Nominated for Four Oscars. Call Me by Your Name is the[...]
Feb
16
Sat
2019
9:30 am Aldworth Farmers Market @ Aldworth Village Hall
Aldworth Farmers Market @ Aldworth Village Hall
Feb 16 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Aldworth Farmers Market @ Aldworth Village Hall | England | United Kingdom
Aldworth’s community-run Saturday Market is now in Aldworth’s beautiful, newly-built village hall (RG8 9SE).  The hall is off Bell Lane adjoining the recreation/cricket field with a children’s playground next to the hall. The Market runs[...]
10:00 am Introduction to Household Plumbing @ The Mix, Wantage
Introduction to Household Plumbing @ The Mix, Wantage
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Introduction to Household Plumbing @ The Mix, Wantage | England | United Kingdom
This one-day workshop will cover: taps (changing washers and re-seating), fitting speed-fit and compression connections and pressure testing, cutting pipes and soldering, household isolation valves and an overview of various fittings.
10:15 am Storytime @ Theale Library @ Theale Library
Storytime @ Theale Library @ Theale Library
Feb 16 @ 10:15 am – 10:45 am
Storytime @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Storytime for children under 5 years Every Saturday, 10.15-10.45am at Theale Library. For more information, please contact the library: Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35195
10:30 am ‘Love Hue’ Art Club @ Hungerford... @ Hungerford Library
‘Love Hue’ Art Club @ Hungerford... @ Hungerford Library
Feb 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
'Love Hue' Art Club @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library | England | United Kingdom
Love Hue Art Club For 7 years + (children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult) 3rd Saturday of the month. 10.30am-12.00pm at Hungerford Library £2 per person – For more information, please contact[...]
2:30 pm Newbury Library Book Group – Sat... @ Newbury Library
Newbury Library Book Group – Sat... @ Newbury Library
Feb 16 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Newbury Library Book Group – Saturday @ Newbury Library
Newbury Library Book Group – SATURDAY New members are always welcome and it’s free to join. Please drop in to any book group meeting or contact the library for further details: http://info.westberks.gov.uk/bookgroups Third  or fourth[...]
7:30 pm Simon Watterton Piano Concert @ Challow Park
Simon Watterton Piano Concert @ Challow Park
Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Simon Watterton Piano Concert @ Challow Park | East Challow | England | United Kingdom
Upcoming Concerts at the Hall at Challow Park This Saturday, February 16th, 7.30pm Simon Watterton (piano) Here is his full programme: J.S.Bach – Prelude and Fugue in A flat Major from Book 1 of the[...]
7:45 pm Woodlanders Country Music Club @ Woodlands St Mary Village Hall
Woodlanders Country Music Club @ Woodlands St Mary Village Hall
Feb 16 @ 7:45 pm – 9:15 pm
Woodlanders Country Music Club @ Woodlands St Mary Village Hall | Woodlands Saint Mary | England | United Kingdom
Join us on the 3rd Saturday of the month at the Woodlands St Mary Village Hall to enjoy some of the finest live country music artists on the scene.  The events are open to all and[...]
8:00 pm Jacob & Drinkwater @ ACE Space
Jacob & Drinkwater @ ACE Space
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Jacob & Drinkwater @ ACE Space | England | United Kingdom
  Devon based duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called ‘stand out new Folk’ by BBC6 Music and ‘inventive and thrilling’ by R2 Magazine. Their 2015 indie release ‘The Burning Low EP’ has garnered airplay[...]
8:00 pm Open Mic in Aldbourne @ Crown Inn
Open Mic in Aldbourne @ Crown Inn
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Open Mic in Aldbourne @ Crown Inn | Aldbourne | England | United Kingdom
I’m super excited to announce that Open Mic is back at THE CROWN in Aldbourne! We used to have fantastic nights with immense talent when the wonderful Anna Page was hosting them. Come and show[...]

The History of Hungerford’s Atherton Crescent

Atherton Crescent, as the name implies, is a curved line of houses at the top of Hungerford High Street, and is set back from the road by a sloping raised grass area, like a village green. It is bounded by Salisbury Road, Church Way and Atherton Hill, commonly referred to as Picture House Hill.

Origins of the Crescent

The land on which Atherton Crescent was built is shown on an enclosure map produced in 1819 and, at that time, it was owned by Mathew Loder Smith. Smith had purchased the land from Thomas Robinson, who in turn had used the land as a large allotment – the ‘crescent’ itself was built just after the end of WW1 in 1919. 

Prior to development, it consisted of a large field owned by Lady Harriet Atherton, who rented it out to the Macklin family to grow barley. The Macklins also farmed fields around the waterworks situated at the top of the Salisbury Road, which stretched back to Sanden Close. Hearsay has it that Lady Atherton had offered it to the town for use as a cemetery as she had founded a burial charity in the town in 1909.

Atherton Crescent today

Up until the late seventies all the houses were owned by the council, and all were uniformly white in colour. However, Maggie Thatcher’s right to buy scheme under the Housing Act of 1980 gave secure tenants of councils and some housing associations the legal right to buy, at a large discount. Today most of the houses are privately owned and have adopted their own personalities. At the top of Atherton Road is Church Way on which the former Hungerford cinema was found, and today is the site of the Royal British Legion.

 

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