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The Gig House

Discover the history of Wokingham.

2 The Plaza, Denmark Street, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 2LD

The Gig House stands on part of the site of the old Wellington Brewery. As well as the brewery, there were stalls for horses and a gig House for the carts they pulled around the town. This brewery was bought by the Headington family and it soon expanded. The garden and greenhouse gave way to a cooper’s shop for making casks, barrels and open sheds for washing them.

Prints and text about The Gig House.

The text reads: These licensed premises occupy part of a two acre site, entered from Denmark Street, that was once home to the Wellington Brewery, founded in 1856 by Robert Trickey Dunning.

Dunning named his brewery after the Duke of Wellington, the hero of Waterloo, whose profile was the brewery trademark until it closed in 1921. The brewery buildings included a neat residence, with a garden and a greenhouse. The latter was more or less on the site of these premises. Closeby there were stalls for horses and a Gig House for the carts that they pulled around the town.

Prints and text about civic pride.

The text reads: Wokingham Town Hall, in Market Place, stands on the site of the former Guildhall built in the early 17th century. The Guildhall was renovated in 1819, but had become so dilapidated by the late 1850s that it was demolished.

Built in the Victorian gothic style, the new Town Hall was opened on 6 June 1860 by Lord Braybrooke, High Steward of Wokingham, and also served as a courthouse and police station until 1905.

Prints and text about Wokingham as a market town.

The text reads: Wokingham began as a Saxon settlement in the royal forest. Most of Wokingham was owned by the Bishop of Salisbury until it became a royal town in the reign of Elizabeth I.

The medieval town consisted of just a few streets. Denmark Street (adjacent to these premises) was called Le Don Street, later Down Street. It was renamed in 1865 after the Princess of Denmark, later Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII.

Prints of Wokingham.

External photograph of the building – main entrance.

The Gig House 

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