The Hungerford Historical Association

Welcome to the website of the Hungerford Historical Association.

Established in 1979, the HHA is one of the
best supported groups in the town,
and has about 200 members.

This website is all about the HHA itself.
To explore more of Hungerford's wonderful history
visit the Hungerford Virtual Museum.

The next meeting:

We are pleased to continue our very successful monthly Zoom presentations.

The next talk (via Zoom) will be on Wednesday 28th April 2021 at 7.30pm.

“Coleridge in Calne”, by Nick Baxter.

 Coleridge in Calne

From November 1814 to March 1816, the great Romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived in an elegant Georgian terraced house in the Wiltshire market town of Calne with his friend, John Morgan, John’s wife Mary, and Mary’s sister Charlotte. Dependant on laudanum, Coleridge struggled with his drug addiction, but his time in Calne was healthy and productive. He wrote his “Biographia Literaria” in Calne and had his play, “Remorse”, performed by a group of travelling stage-players. He put together “Sibylline Leaves”, a collection of poems and put the gloss on his most well-known poem, the ”Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner”.

After many years in Marlborough, Nick Baxter now lives in Calne. He is a retired history teacher and speaks on a wide range of local history subjects. He has done much research on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and this talk has had great reviews.

We will email members the link to this Zoom meeting a few days ahead of the meeting.

Visitors: We have a limited number of screens available for our Zoom talks, and give priority to our members. However, we are happy to welcome a small number of visitors (for £4.00). If you would like to attend a particular Zoom talk, please contact our Membership Secretary, Roger Day for further information. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members: Please note: We are still not requesting any membership fee at the present time. Members' name and contact details will remain safe with us, and your “virtual” membership (from 2019-2020) will roll on for now. Please let Membership Secretary, Roger Day know if your contact details (including email address) change. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What's on?

Our monthly meetings are attended by about 60-150 people. Follow this to see the current program of meetings.

How can I join the HHA?

The HHA has about 200 members. Follow this to see all about membership and how to join.