Discover our local studies collections at Wokingham Libraries.
Resources held at Wokingham Library
- Books on the history of the borough, Wokingham and surrounding towns and villages such as Reading, Windsor and Henley.
- Books covering specific topics such as transport, buildings and natural history in Wokingham borough.
We also have books on how to research local history.
Local Plans and Pamphlets
There are 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.
We hold copies of the following local newspapers on microfilm.
Bracknell Times Aug 1968 – Nov 1971
Wokingham & Crowthorne Times Jan 1981 – Aug 1981
Bracknell Times Jan 1983 – Dec 1987
Wokingham Times Jan 1988 – Jun 2009
A variety of local journals are held – e.g. Wokingham Historian, Wokingham Remembered, Wargrave News and publications of the Twyford and Ruscombe Local History Societies.
We hold a wide range of maps.
Census data -returns and statistical reports
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
There are a large number of photographs of the local area. There is a subject index at the beginning of the sequence. Most of the photographs are arranged by place, but there are some subject headings eg schools, inns, libraries.
As well as the main sequence of photographs, there is also a set of aerial photographs of the local area, and some photograph albums from the Week in Wokingham, June 1992, and the building of Wokingham Library.
Cuttings of useful articles taken from local newspapers. Arranged by subject, following the same sequence as the subject index at the beginning of the Photograph collection.
Monumental inscriptions for local churches and war memorial inscriptions.
Lists of daily weather statistics, eg. maximum and minimum temperature, rainfall, wind speed etc. Lists from 1978 – 2005 are held in blue ring binders behind the counter, from 2006 onwards are in blue ring binders on the local history bookshelves.
Resources held at Woodley Library
Goad Maps for Woodley, from January 2012 and December 2013.
Copies of the Woodley and Earley Master Plan (Interim Report, 1971 and Consultants Report, 1972, covering land use, housing, transport, social and economic concerns, etc), and the Plan for the Comprehensive Development of Lower Earley from 1973 (covering land use, housing, commerce, transport, education etc).
Local Studies box – includes the Woodley Residents Survey of 1999, A Design for Hurst (parish statement from 2005), Sonning Parish Design Statement from 2004,and Protected Monuments: Berkshire (as at 15/08/2000).
Local Studies Pack (red ring binder) – photocopies of local maps, street directories, population figures, local villages and buildings.
Book stock – several shelves of books covering the local history of the area.
Resources held at Lower Earley Library
In the Lending Section there are 3 shelves of local history books, mostly covering the Earley/Woodley area but also other outlying areas. Also copies of the Wokingham Historian.
All our branches hold a small collection of local history books.