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Living through the English Civil War – a talk by Catherine Sampson
Wednesday April 25th 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Centre for Heritage and Family History
Abbey Square,

Catherine developed her love of history in childhood and pursued it at University in Sheffield and later Oxford, where she graduated with a Master’s Degree in English Local History. She is the current Chairman of Berkshire Family History Society.

The countryside in and around Reading was horribly affected by the Civil War, and this talk tells the story of what happened to the ordinary folk when the soldiers arrived. How villagers were caught up in the skirmishes, perished as a result of disease, and attempted to stave off financial disaster. Amongst the masses, we can still identify the individual: the husband who hid his valuables, the Pest House occupant who feared the worst, and the fearless individual who published scurrilous pamphlets whilst hiding on the Thames.

The talk is organised by Berkshire Family History Society.

Tickets cost £5 (£4 for society members) and includes tea or coffee and cake after the talk. You may turn up and pay at the door (subject to

The Centre for Heritage and Family History
Abbey Square



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