Woodley has a rich and varied history, having grown from its original form as a ‘clearing in the woods’, as its name is derived from, to a thriving town.

You can read a brief summary of the history of Woodley here.

World War I - War Memorial Heritage Trail

Town Councils and churches within Wokingham Borough came together to create a Heritage Way Memorial Trail in commemoration of the centenary of WWI.

You can read more information here.

The U3A History of Woodley Project

The U3A (University of the 3rd Age) is a nationwide network of learning groups aimed at encouraging older people to share their knowledge, skills and interests in a friendly environment.

Three local U3A groups, Woodley & District U3A, Reading U3A, and Wokingham U3A, joined forces and undertook a History of Woodley project, aiming to chart the history of the town across a number of topics. Below, you will find links to pages which provide the information they collated during the project. The information produced on those pages is copyright of the Woodley & District U3A, Reading U3A and Wokingham U3A, and permission for photographs, and any accuracies or inaccuracies, falls under their responsibility.

University of the Third Age logo - Learn, laugh, live
Woodley U3A Walks
Woodley Shops
Woodley Transport
Woodley Pubs
St Luke's Home for sick children
The Evans Family
An account of Woodley during WWII
Silhouetted Solider
VE Day 1945 in Woodley
Sandford Manor & Sandford Mill
Woodley to 1900
Woodley Churches
Woodley 1900-1939 - From country estates to housing estates
Black and White Crossroads
Woodley Street Names

For further information about Woodley and District U3A, please click HERE. The Woodley and District U3A hold meetings on the first Wednesday of every month at 14.00 at Christ Church, Crockhamwell Road, Woodley, RG5 3LA.

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