Thatcham is a thriving and busy, old market town in the heart of West Berkshire with a recorded population of 25, 257 in 2011 (2019, estimates 28,000). Local employment is chiefly in light industrial premises, sales and distribution, retail and public sectors. Its only secondary school, Kennet, is recorded as outstanding by Ofsted and 4 of its 5 primary schools are in West Berkshire’s Ofsted listed top 10. Its supportive and strong community is a feature of Thatcham with a rich variety of diverse organisations and societies providing services for its residents.
It has a cluster of shops and businesses around its centre, The Broadway and High Street, with a registered village green at its heart. Thatcham is an area steeped in local history, as an ancient Saxon settlement and evidence of human activity going back 10,000 years, or more.
Thatcham sits by the River Kennet and the seven-hundred-acre conservation park which houses the attractive Nature Discovery Centre and has the Kennet & Avon Canal flowing through it. It also sits in an area of outstanding natural beauty with Crookham Common and adjacent Greenham Common on its doorstep.
Thatcham has excellent transport links with the main part of the town lying along the A4 providing good road links to Newbury and Reading. To the south of the town is Thatcham railway station, situated on the line between London Paddington and the West Country.
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