Hungerford is a delightful market town with many antique shops and independent stores.
The town's historic market status is retained by the significant number of small independent retail and commercial businesses providing visitors and residents alike with personal service across a wide range of products.
Hungerford is internationally famous for being a beautiful place to visit and, as it sits at the heart of the North Wessex Downs, it is in a beautiful location too.
It is well known for its antique shops and fairs and the Kennet & Avon canal that runs through its centre.
The larger towns of Marlborough, Swindon and Newbury provide more extensive shopping and recreational facilities.
Communications are excellent, with trains from Hungerford to London Paddington taking about 60 minutes, and Junction 14 of the M4 is about 3 miles away.
The surrounding countryside forms part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is well known for its attractive walks nearby, including the nearby Freeman's Marsh, Hungerford
Common and the Kennet and Avon Canal.
There are many historic places nearby, including Littlecote House and Savernake Forest.
AMENITIES & FACILITIES
Hungerford has a Victorian Town Hall, which is very active.
Hungerford Hub is a not-for-profit community asset supported by Hungerford Town Council, Hungerford Library & Community Trust and Friends of Hungerford Library (the Hub team) in order to ensure the continued provision of a library by West Berkshire Council.
The Hub is also open at other times for specific events.
Hungerford is launching an exciting project – Hungerford 2036 – to guide the way the town and its surrounding area will evolve.
FOOD AND DRINK
There are plenty of eating places in and around Hungerford.
There is Hungerford Town Football club.
There is a Hungerford Primary School and the John O’ Gaunt School in Hungerford
There are many websites, I Love Hungerford being one of them.
A popular Facebook page is I Love Hungerford
There is the Hungerford Surgery
St Lawrence’s Church in Hungerford is an integral part of the Hungerford Community.
There is also a Methodist Church.
There is a train station in Hungerford with Links to London and the X22 bus which links Hungerford and Malborough.
Commuters are well served with regular trains to Newbury, Reading and London Paddington, as well as easy access to the M4 and A34.
The Town Council is just one part of local government in Berkshire, but is the part closest to the people and represents residents at a local community level.
There is the Hungerford Environment Action Team which is very active and an Environment and Planning Committee.
KENNET & AVON CANAL
Once a busy industrial canal wharf, Hungerford Wharf is now a picture of tranquillity.
And a great place to start exploring the beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal.
Lush green water meadows, weeping willows, water voles, kingfishers, sparkling chalk streams, quirky canal bridges – it’s difficult to believe that all this lies just a short stroll along the towpath.
It is so easy to feel closer to our past and our ancestors in Hungerford, a town which can trace its way back to the Stone and Bronze ages.
History brings visitors from around the world to the town and for those who can’t get here there is the wonderful Hungerford Virtual Museum where the past is present and somehow still alive.
Hungerford Townsite will regularly feature news, views and stories about Hungerford’s history as well as providing information, guides, walks and photographs for the town’s visitors use and entertainment.
Much of the content in this section is reproduced by kind permission of the Hungerford Virtual Museum and Hugh Pihlens