Sitting on the River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon Canal amidst the rolling countryside of Berkshire, Newbury is best known for its racecourse. But our pretty market town also boasts many 17th Century buildings, attractive coaching inns, well-regarded schools and great transport links to London, Reading, Plymouth, Bath, Taunton and Bedwyn.
A little bit of history
Although artifacts from the Mesolithic times have been found in our area and the borough gets a mention in the Domesday book, the town wasn't founded as 'Newbury' until the Norman invasion in the 11th Century. Over the course of its history Newbury has been the site of two civil war battles, the latter of which, in the late 16th Century, caused the collapse of our cloth trade, Newbury's fortunes were revived when it became the perfect over night stop for well-to-do Georgians on their way between London and fashionable Bath. The arrival of railways saw a refocusing of the local economy on agriculture. But today it's the technology industry that drives our economy. In the 1980s the nearby military base became the focal point for the famous Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp, a 40,000 strong protest group that means the area will forever be associated with the nuclear disarmament movement.
Every other Sunday you can buy delicious, fresh, local produce at the Farmers' Market in Newbury Market Place. In between markets, Cobbs Farm Shop also does a great line in local fare. Bastable Brothers of Kintbury is a fabulous butchers and West Berkshire Seafoods in Thatcham offer fresh fish galore. Of course there are also all the popular supermarkets to choose from. And for clothes, shoes, gifts and more, you should head to Park Way Shopping Centre.