Thatcham Broadway early 1900s
Socially and economically there have been some very important developments in Thatcham over the last two centuries.
Since 1900, industry has been attracted to the area. The Colthrop Board Mills (closed down in 2000), where paper had been produced for over 200 years, grew very quickly, particularly after its acquisition by the worldwide Reed Paper Group. The Sterling Cable Works was established nearby and AWE Aldermaston and AERE Harwell, together with the RLC Depot at Station Road, (which sadly closed down in 1999) have all brought employment and increasing prosperity to the area. This growth has in turn brought a further influx of population and has attracted numerous businesses to the town.
The development of industrial sites on the eastern side of the town introduced nationally known names such as Sony, B.O.C. Transhield, Thermalite, Panasonic and the A.A. Operations Centre to Thatcham.
Town centre facilities were greatly enhanced in 1997 when a town centre improvement scheme was carried out in the Broadway and the High Street. Shopping facilities include two supermarkets in the town centre and associated smaller retail outlets in arcades which supplement businesses already established in the town.