Newbury  Berkshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Newbury like this:

Newbury, mun. bor., market town, and par., Berk, on river Kennet, 17 miles SW. of Reading and 53 miles SW. of London by rail-par., 1242 ac., pop. 7017; bor., 1813 ac., pop. 10,144; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Thursday. It is affirmed that Newbury rose upon the ruins of the Roman Spinf, which bequeathed its name to the hamlet of Speen, close by. ...

The town was incorporated by Queen Elizabeth. During the Civil War 2 battles were fought in the vicinity, both resulting in victory for the Royalists. Agricultural produce supports the bulk of the town's trade; while maltings and corn mills employ a number of the inhabitants. Most of the traffic in goods is carried upon the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Newbury through time

Newbury is now part of West Berkshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how West Berkshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Newbury itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Newbury in West Berkshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 23rd July 2024

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