Visit Hungerford and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Hungerford, Berkshire. Near this old town, set on the Roman road to Bath, are chalk downs, wooded hills and a charming river valley. For Hungerford lies not only on the Kennet and Avon Canal, but also on the River Kennet, which has always been famous for both trout and crayfish. “A fayre river”, it was said, “which yieldeth store of fishes and especiallie trowtes”.
John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, first gave the town its fishing rights in the 14th century, and they have been jealously guarded ever since. He also gave the town a horn, which is now kept in the Town Hall. For many years, on the Tuesday after Easter, all those who held fishing rights were summoned to attend the court by horn, while two tuttimen (tithe-men), carrying decorated poles, went round the houses extracting kisses in return for an orange, and even today, although much of the pageantry has disappeared, this particular day is celebrated.
Pepys did not think much of the town, but Hungerford has a pleasant, wide High Street and is not industrialized. The Bear Hotel was given both to Anne of Cleves and Catherine Howard, and amongst other monarchs, William III stayed here in 1688. Even today Hungerford continues the old tradition of presenting any sovereign passing through with the red rose of Lancaster.
Places of interest: Crofton Pumping Station, Wilton Windmill, Littlecote House, Hungerford Marsh, Walbury Hill.
Nearby Towns: Marlborough, Newbury, Pewsey, Swindon, Reading, Lambourn.
Nearby Villages: Aldbourne, Burbage, Chilton Foliat, Froxfield, Great Shefford, Ham, Hungerford Newtown, Inkpen, Kintbury, Little Bedwyn, Ramsbury, Shalbourne.
Have you decided to visit Hungerford or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Hungerford bed and breakfast (a Hungerford B&B or Hungerford b and b)
- a Hungerford guesthouse
- a Hungerford hotel (or motel)
- a Hungerford self-catering establishment, or
- other Hungerford accommodation