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What was the King Alfred’s Head Inn called in 1671?
What did Wantage Grammar School look like before 1850?
Who was Jane Toby, and why did she need help in 1740?

Find out by reading “Pupils, Potholes & Poor Relief” by Hazel Brown

A new book which tells the history of The Wantage Town Lands, a local charity, dating back to Elizabethan times.

For many years, it cared for the poor of Wantage, and was responsible for running the Grammar School, and repairing the roads. Today, four hundred and fifteen years later, although a lot of its responsibilities have been taken over, it continues to administer the almshouses in Mill Street and Eagles Close.

Containing many original photographs and maps, not only of Wantage, but also of several surrounding villages, this book would make an excellent Christmas present for anyone interested in local history.

“Pupils, Potholes and Poor Relief”
218 pages, 68 photographs and illustrations, 23 maps
Price £16

May be viewed and purchased at:
The Dolphin Gallery, Wantage Market Place
The Vale and Downland Museum, Church St. Wantage
or call David Castle on 01235 763859

All proceeds to the Wantage Almshouses Appeal registered charity 218441