On Saturday 6th October 2018, Thatcham Town Council unveiled an inaugural blue plaque on the outside of the Kings Head Public House, as part of a series of planned, new style installations celebrating the heritage of Thatcham. The pub, found at the end of Thatcham Broadway, played a huge part in a nationally significant event in 1784, when it became a stop during Britain’s first mail coach run. The golden age of coaching dramatically changed the postal service, but suffered with the spread of the railway across the nation; and the coaching inns along the A4 slowly declined with the introduction of the Great Western Railway which dramatically sped up mail between Bristol and London. However, the entrepreneurial Fromonts, who were the then landlords of the Kings Head, sold off parts of the pubs original facilities, that would have covered most of Waitrose’s car park and downsized into the building that we know today. Charlotte Fromont owned a large farm in South Thatcham and being business savvy, and realising the potential threat of the railway upon the coaching trade, she insisted that the railway went through her land and that is why Thatcham train station is not in the centre of town!
Thatcham Town Council plans to unveil a second blue plaque at this years Thatcham Festival in October but the Town Council’s Heritage Working Party needs the community’s help. The Heritage Working Party would firstly like to gather in suggestions from the community about who, what or where should be commemorated next. The working party will then publish a short list and send it out for public vote. This is your opportunity to commemorate your favourite Thatcham building perhaps, or maybe you’re descended from a prominent Thatcham figure you’d like celebrating or have living memory of or have heard stories about a great Thatcham event? All reasonable suggestions will be considered as long as they meet the objectives and criteria (see below).
Please email all suggestions to email@example.com using “Blue plaque nomination” in the subject bar and stating the following in the body of the email:
Which of the following are you proposing for a blue plaque? Person, Building, Event.
Why are you nominating the above? Give as much detail as possible. If you have facts and dates please include them, if not the working parties’ historians may be able to fill in any gaps.
Where would you suggest the plaque for the above be located and why?
Or alternatively fill out the below form and drop in or post back to Blue Plaque Nominations, Thatcham Town Council, Council Offices, Brownsfield Road, Thatcham RG18 3HF.
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