Phoebe Cusden House on Basingstoke Road

Cedar Court and Phoebe Cusden House

Phoebe Cusden, Mayor of Reading 70 years ago, was pipped at the post in the naming competition for Reading’s pedestrian bridge over the Thames this year.

Phoebe Court on Katesgrove Lane had been named after her, as had Cusden Walk which leads from Castle Street to the old Civic Offices, and now at last, Reading has commemorated her full name in Phoebe Cusden House on Basingstoke Road in Katesgrove.

Phoebe Cusden is remembered for championing causes including nursery schools and the controversial post Second World War link with Düsseldorf, which became Reading’s twin town.

The development of eleven flats for residents with disabilities is adjacent to Cedar Court on Whitley Rise.  It will share Cedar Court’s biomass boilers, the first commissioned by the council, thus contributing to one of the actions within Reading’s climate change strategy 2013-2020.

Cedar Court and Whitley Rise garden wall


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