Last updated:

12th July 2023

Historical information

Accessing historical information

We offer a number of ways to access historical information for Wokingham borough. View our full list of resources at Wokingham Library (PDF document)

Local history advice surgery

  • A local expert is available to answer queries about Wokingham in days gone
  • Wokingham Library every Friday - 9.30am to 11.30am  

Finchampstead Society archive surgery

  • Drop in to the Finchampstead Society archive surgery to view the archive and find out more about Finchampstead
  • Finchampstead Library on the first Thursday of every month - 2pm to 4pm 

Historical material available in our libraries

We hold a wide range of historical material: 

  • Books on the history of the borough, Wokingham and surrounding towns and villages
  • Books covering specific topics such as transport, buildings and natural history in Wokingham borough
  • A number of Wokingham Council and Berkshire Council publications - local plans and surveys and a range of pamphlets relating to the history of the area
  • A variety of other local journals - e.g. Wokingham Historian, Wokingham Remembered, Wargrave News, publications of the Twyford and Ruscombe Local History Societies
  • A large number of photographs for the local area, including a set of aerial photos from 1996
  • Parish records for the Sonning and Barkham parishes as well as monumental inscriptions for local churches and war memorial inscriptions

Street directories available in our libraries

We hold a wide range of directories: 

Local census returns available in our libraries

We hold a wide range of census data: 

  • Microfilm copies of the local census returns from 1841 to 1901
  • An index to the 1881 census
  • Statistical reports of the 1961, 1971, 1981 and 1991 censuses for the local area

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