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Newbury History In Vintage Film

Newbury history in vintage film and old photos of Newbury

The Berkshire town of Newbury may not be a centre of malting, brick making and tanning leather that it was once famous for, but it is still a thriving town of industry and business.

Newbury is generally seen as a nice place to live and a good place to bring up children. You can find a good job, live in a pleasant community, and enjoy a variety of leisure interests.

Training Dogs for Police Work at Newbury (1938)

Back in 1938, British Pathé filmed trainee police dogs learning their craft in a local field. 

Training Dogs For Police Work At Newbury (1938): British Pathé

Reading and Newbury Bombed by Luftwaffe (1943)

On the 10 February 1943, Reading and Newbury were attacked by two German Dornier 217 bombers.

Reading and Newbury Bombed by Luftwaffe (1943): BBC Berkshire

Surplus US War Material at Newbury Racecourse (1946)

In 1946, a substantial amount of surplus US war material was handed over to the UK government at Newbury Racecourse under a reciprocal lend lease. 

U.S. War Surplus For U.K. (1946): British Pathé 

Newbury’s Local Newspaper (1952)

Reporting The News In Newbury Berkshire, 1952 – Film 34835: HuntleyFilmArchives

This is a fascinating film showing Newbury’s local newspaper at work in 1952. 

It includes:

  • The newspaper office
  • People walking along the High Street
  • The livestock market
  • A local wedding
  • Local football match
  • Small musical performance
  • An agricultural show
  • Fire engine leaving the Fire Station
  • A large building on fire
  • The High Street again
  • Boy interviewed by policeman
  • Magistrates Court
  • Local church
  • Play rehearsal
  • Mayor at a meeting
  • Newspaper delivery to homes
  • Inside a pub
  • A couple at home

Burys Bank Road (1978)

Back in 1978 David Garside captured this footage onto VHS to test his new camera, which had a separate video recorder. He filmed from inside a van driven by his friend Wigfalls. They travelled along Burys Bank Road.

Newbury. Drive along Burys Bank Rd. Greenham Common. Crookham. About 1978. Wigfalls Van: David Garside

Driving through Washwater to Monks Lane (1985)

In about 1985, David Garside recorded this footage onto VHS tape. 

The drive goes through Washwater, past the old Curridge Car Sales, and as far as Monks Lane.

Newbury. Berkshire. Driving through Washwater to Monks Lane. Approx 1985. David Garside

From Andover Road To The Nightingales (1986)

In 1986 David Garside filmed this journey onto a VHS tape. It records the route from Andover Road, along Monks Lane, Pinchington Lane, Greenham Road, and into The Nightingales.

Newbury.Berkshire. Driving Monks Lane, Pinchington Lane. June 1986: David Garside

Newbury Town (1986)

A video of the town in 1986.

Newbury Town 1986: John Rogers

Classic Vehicles & The Ridgeway Run (1986)

Black and white photos taken at a mini classic Bus, Commercial and Military Vehicle Show in the Wharf car park.

Followed by the Ridgeway Run, from Oxford to Newbury, in 1986.

Newbury. Berkshire. Classic Bus, Commercial and Military Vehicle Show. The Ridgeway Run. 1986: David Garside

Top Of The Market Street Multi Storey Car Park (1986)

This footage was taken from the top of the multi storey car park in Market Street in approximately 1986. It shows the construction of part of the Kennet Centre, and of the surrounding area. Then there’s a final picture of the multi storey car park from the ground. 

Newbury Town. 1986. Kennet Centre Construction and Multi Story Car Park. Market Street: David Garside

Driving Through Newbury 1987

Another recording by David Garside, this is the VHS footage of a 1987 drive from Andover Road to the Kennet Centre service yard.

Scenes from 1987 include Andover Road, St Johns Road, Ring Road, Cheap Street, Market Street, ramp up to the Kennet Centre service yard. Gowrings and the Multi Story Car Park seen en route.

“Newbury Town 1987 approx. Berkshire. Driving from Andover Road to Kennet Centre Service Yard.” Uploaded to YouTube by David Garside

Driving Through Newbury 1988

A short video from David Garside showing a little of Cheap Street and the Arthur J Chivers building.

“Newbury Town. May 1988. Cheap Street. Arthur J Chivers. A34. A339. Ring Road.” Uploaded by YouTube by David Garside

Driving From Andover Road To The Kennet Centre 1989

David Garside travelled from Newbury to Andover and back on a regular basis from late 1977 to 1996, and filmed some of these trips onto VHS tapes. This drive took place in the dark circa 1989.

“Driving into Newbury from the Andover Road to The Kennet Centre. Approx 1989.” Uploaded by YouTube by David Garside

Bus Station 1989

“NEWBURY BUS STATION MAY 1989”: Uploaded to YouTube by DaveSpencer32

Town Centre Rebuilding 1989

Part of the town centre on 25 July 1989. The Market Street area was being rebuilt, including construction of the new bus station.

“Newbury Town. Market Street, Bus Station and Wharf. Victoria Park. Bee Line Bus.25.07.1989.” Uploaded to YouTube by David Garside

Town Centre, 1992

This footage is of a quick drive through the town centre in 1992. Although it was taken by an inexperienced camera user as John Rogers drove the vehicle, these vintage films are a precious memory of the way things were.

“Newbury Berkshire Town Centre back in 1992”: Uploaded to YouTube by John Rogers

Greenham Common Protest, 1994

Part one of a 2 part documentary from 1994 on the history and future of Greenham Common airfield.

“Greenham Common; Both Sides of the Fence Part 1”: Uploaded to YouTube by fender200

Protests Against The Newbury Bypass, 1996

This is a trailer from a film called “Tales of Resistance – The Battle of the Newbury Bypass”. In 1996, protesters took to the trees to defend nine miles of pristine English countryside from a major road building programme.

“[Trailer] Tales of Resistance – The Battle of the Newbury Bypass”: Uploaded to YouTube on 2 Jul 2015 by Kino Kast

Newbury Town, 1996

“Newbury Town 1996”: Uploaded to YouTube by John Rogers

Newbury Bypass Protests, 1996

Short film about the eviction of tree-top protesters from the then proposed route of the Newbury Bypass in Berkshire, England.

“A Road to Ruin | Newbury Bypass Protests | 1996”: Uploaded to YouTube by Kino Kast

High Street Fire, 2006

A major fire in the high street Sunday morning, 15th October 2006

“Fire in Newbury, Berkshire, UK”: Uploaded to YouTube on 15 October 2006 by endrelundgren

Snow! 2008

Snow on 06 April 2008.

“Snow in Newbury, UK – 2008”: Uploaded to YouTube on 6 April 2008 by Billy T

Royal Visit To Vodafone’s HQ, 2008

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited Vodafone’s headquarters in 2008.

“The Queen visits Vodafone”: Uploaded to YouTube on 20 November 2008 by Vodafone Group

Snow! 2009

Snow in Craven Road in February 2009

“Snow in Newbury, UK 2009”: Uploaded to YouTube by Billy T 

Farewell To A Family Home, 2010

In 2010 Chris Brown made a last visit to the house which had been his family’s home for more than 40 years. It was a 1950s house built for AWRE Aldermaston & Harwell workers, and was part of an MOD housing estate constructed during the Cold War.

Last visit to childhood home, Newbury: Uploaded to YouTube on 12 Aug 2010 by Chris – DJ Dapper Dan – Brown.

See more local history brought to life with old photos of Newbury taken by David Garside

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