This website has been created to support the launch
of a new and, as far as we know, the only book about Eastbury.
The book is the village's millennium project; we're a
little late, but we hope the result is worth the wait.
Eastbury is a small, peaceful, pretty downland village in
West Berkshire, about a mile and a half from the horse-racing town
of Lambourn. We still have a church, a village hall and a pub,
but unfortunately have lost our Post Office, shops, garage,
bakery, two Methodist chapels and two other pubs over the course
of many years. The River Lambourn flows through the length of
the village (except when it dries up at irregular and
unpredictable intervals), and has a resident population of ducks
To quote from the back cover of the book:
The village of Eastbury lies in the Lambourn Valley in the
north-western corner of Berkshire. It has yet to feature as home
to any major events that have shaped the history of England, but
in its own quiet way its history presents a revealing portrait
of the evolution of an English rural community ...
... This book aims to give a flavour of life in the
village and an appreciation of the character of this attractive
corner of West Berkshire.
During the course of compiling this book, we have accumulated
a large archive of information and pictures - far more than
could possibly be included in the book itself. This is now being
added to the web site for the benefit
both of local people and of historians who may have an interest
The first release of the archive (on 4th July
2004) contains the pictures, of which there are currently about
500; we intend to add the text documents as soon as possible.
There is some very interesting material in the archive, so
please click here and take a look.
A Berkshire Village
Eastbury Millennium Association
|Published by Lambourn Valley Press
|With an introduction by Professor Sir Michael
Howard, Emeritus Professor of Modern History, Oxford University
|Price: £9.95, a few copies still available from West
Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury
|If you have broadband internet access, you
can now view the book on your computer by clicking here.
You will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed
on your computer. If you don't currently have this, click on the
... and follow the instructions.
The exhibition which was put together for the
launch was on display in the Newbury Museum
between 17th July 2003 and 31st July 2003.
There was an article in the Newbury Weekly News on
17th July 2003.