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Guide to Hungerford

Hungerford is a town to the far west of Berkshire, bordering Wiltshire. It is within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and officially marks the division between South East England and the West Country. It is near to a large amount of open countryside and is also home to Walbury Hill, the highest point in the South East.


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The town has a long and fascinating history, with its name an abbreviation of the Saxon “Hanging Wood Ford”. Although it does not appear in the 1086 Domesday Book, Hungerford had become a borough by the mid-13th century.

It played a role in major events of the 1600s; several armies – including the king’s own forces – stayed in the town during the English Civil War, while in 1688 William of Orange stayed at the Bear Inn and was offered the crown of England.

Hungerford also holds the peculiar distinction of being the only place in England that still celebrates the archaic Hocktide festival. Although the event lasts several days, the main festivities take place on the Tuesday in the second week after Easter – a date also known as Tutti Day. The celebrations – involving Tutti Men, Tutti Wenches and the Orange Man – are somewhat complex in nature, concluding with heated coins and oranges being thrown to children from the steps of the Town Hall.

Situated off junction 14 of the M4, Hungerford has excellent transport links to neighbouring towns such as Swindon, Newbury and Thatcham, as well as being serviced by the major Taunton to Reading railway line, and even the River Dun and Kennett & Avon Canal.


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