Once upon a time in Hungerford

PUBLISHED: 10:47 28 January 2008 | UPDATED: 15:00 20 February 2013

The Hungerford and Reed Town Band of 1912

The Hungerford and Reed Town Band of 1912

A delightful collection of old photographs chronicling everyday life in this lovely historic town has just been reprinted...

It's almost 16 years since a charming collection of sepia photographs showing the people and places of Hungerford, dating as far back as the late 19th century, were first collated and published.

Dr Hugh Pihlens, a former GP in the town and founder of the Hungerford Historical Association, which still flourishes, published the first edition of Hungerford: A Pictorial History in 1992.

Hugely popular at the time, it has been out of print for several years. So, when local publisher Christopher Cooke, the former owner of The Hungerford Bookshop, approached Dr Pihlens, it was decided to reprint the book.

Not only that, but a whole new section of fifty photographs, mostly of the period between 1930 and 1990, covering topics such as the Second World War and the fire at Great Western Mill, have been added to the second addition.

The result is a hard back book full of charming, well-captioned photographs that provide a fascinating visual record of this lovely market town, evoking nostalgic memories for older residents and providing a delightful view of bygone days for all.

To obtain copies of Hungerford: A Pictorial Record, price £17.95, call 07798 885050 or email cc.cooke@btinernet.com

Do you have any information about people or places featured in any of these photographs. If so, we'd love to hear from you. Email tessa.harris@archant.co.uk

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