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Living through the English Civil War Online Talk

By Catherine Sampson - for social, family and local historians

The countryside in and around Reading was horribly affected by the Civil War. This talk tells the story of what happened to the ordinary folk when the soldiers arrived.

Discover how villages, particularly those along the Bath Road, were caught up in the skirmishes. Practically all were looted. Many individuals died because of the diseases the soldiers brought with them. Others attempted to stave off financial disaster. The cloth trade suffered disastrously.

Among the masses however, we can still identify the individual. The husband who hid his valuables. The Reading Pest House occupant who feared the worst. And the Woolhampton sheep farmer who attempted to stop the plundering. Discover their stories in this fascinating talk. 

2 - 3.15pm

Places are limited, and so pre-booking is required. Full joining instructions will be sent to all attendees in advance. Bookings close one day before the event.

This is the second of three talks in the Autumn Potpourri series. Book all three talks in one multi-ticket for the price of two.

To join this talk, you will need a computer device with speakers and a microphone. Ideally, also a webcam. You also need to be able to access the internet from it. First-time users of Zoom, will be asked to download a small piece of software. This will be sent to you in advance. Technical help will be given to those who need further assistance.

Image: Bercheria Vernacula by J. Blaeu, 1648 or 1664, © Berkshire Record Office and reproduced with their kind permission.

This talk is organised by Berkshire Family History Society, a registered charity number 283010.