Thatcham is a town in Berkshire in the south of England that spans only eight square miles. It is pretty much equidistant from Oxford, Reading and Swindon and only from three miles from Newbury.
Thatcham was hit badly by the Black Death in the Middle Ages and up until then had been a town that thrived on its crafts. It has recovered since then and about 30,000 people now live in the town.
Thatcham is very important ecologically and its reed beds have been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It also has important woodland and fen habitats. Sports lovers are well served with a football club, a cricket club and a leisure centre, and in the heart of Thatcham there is a village green edged with a variety of small shops.