There can be few people around West Berkshire who have not passed the large granite obelisk at Wash Common and wondered about its origins, even if they know it is called The Falkland Memorial. Who was Falkland? And why was his, the largest civil war monument in England? What does the Latin and Greek adorning the memorial mean? Is there a connection to the Falkland Islands? Most puzzling to the people of Newbury is why there should be a monument to a Royalist in a Parliamentary town, following a battle the Royalists lost.
During Dave Stubbs’ research into the First Battle of Newbury in 1643 and having been asked these questions many times, Dave decided to investigate further. What he discovered was a fascinating and engaging character who was deeply distressed by a civil war dividing his country. Lord Falkland’s life ended in a desperate attempt to stop the war – or was it his life he was trying to end?
Bar opens at 6.30pm
Supper served at 7pm with 1 course with coffee
Talk begins at 8pm
£26 (includes supper)