MIDGHAM station is actually in Woolhampton, but was renamed Midgham station in 1873 because of the likelihood of confusion with Wolverhampton. Most people drive to Thatcham, because there is only a handful of parking spaces at Midgham station. It is a linear village, ‘big in land but not in people’ is how one resident puts it. There is a good food-lover’s pub called The Coach & Horses. You could buy a four-bedroom detached modern house for around £545,000.
Woolhampton’s main street has half-timbered houses along one side and modern equivalents along the other, built when the road was widened in 1931, with the River Kennet as a focal high point. The A4 and the railway thunder through, making it too noisy to hear people speak. There are several shops, a post office, five pubs, and a fine watermill. A four-bedroom timber-framed cottage on the A4 recently struggled to sell at £425,000.