War­grave Lo­cal His­tory So­ci­ety

The Wokingham Paper - - SOCIETY -

Dr David Lewis re­vealed some of the his­tory of Old Wind­sor at the Novem­ber meet­ing of the War­grave Lo­cal His­tory So­ci­ety.

He con­sid­ered why it was of in­ter­est, and what was known of its his­tory – and equally, what of its ‘pop­u­lar his­tory’ was fic­tion.

The orig­i­nal com­mu­nity had faded by the 13th cen­tury, so that vir­tu­ally noth­ing ex­isted apart from the church sur­rounded by fields.

Lit­tle di­rect doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence ex­ists, and un­rav­el­ling the his­tory has de­pended on ‘piec­ing to­gether frag­ments of in­for­ma­tion from other sources, such as the Synod of the English church, held there in 1070, or the ‘Crown Wear­ings’ of var­i­ous kings in the pe­riod be­fore 1107.

The name Wind­sor de­rives from the Norse for a ‘winch by the river’ – but the set­tle­ment pre-dates the use of Norse words.

It was close to the roads of the pe­riod and the tidal limit of the River Thames, so maybe de­vel­oped for trans­fer­ring goods be­tween the two. How­ever, the ar­chae­ol­ogy found no ev­i­dence of coins, sug­gest­ing it was not a trad­ing post.

What­ever the ac­tual ‘rea­son’ why a set­tle­ment had de­vel­oped there re­mains a mys­tery.

The next meet­ing will be the So­ci­ety’s Christ­mas Party, on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11, whilst on Tues­day, Jan­uary 8, lo­cal his­to­rian and au­thor Au­drey Cur­tis will re­count the his­tory of Twyford and Rus­combe.

The meet­ings take place at the Old Pav­il­ion on the Recre­ation Ground, War­grave, start­ing at 8pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the So­ci­ety visit www.war­grave­his­tory.org. uk/, or con­tact me on 0118 940 3121. Peter De­laney

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