This year The Whitley Pump has organised three walks as part of the annual Heritage Open Days weekend.
Friday 8 September – Historic Katesgrove Industries
The tour takes in the sites of some of nineteenth and twentieth century Reading industries. There are only a few remains to be seen today except for terraced housing in which employees and their families lived.
This walk starts outside RISC at the foot of London Street.
Saturday 9 September – A walk around Christchurch Conservation Area
Christchurch Conservation Area includes a terrace of properties from the first half of the nineteenth century where Joseph Huntley, founder of Huntley & Palmers biscuits lived, the dramatic property where Reading brickmaker William Poulton resided when Mayor of Reading 1899-1900 and late nineteenth and early twentieth century houses around Christchurch.
This walk starts at the junction of Christchurch Road and Whitley Street.
Sunday 10 September – Beating the Bounds of Katesgrove
The tour will follow the boundary of Katesgrove ward, or as close as it is possible to get, and will take in some surprisingly interesting and varied corners of Reading.
This walk starts outside Great Expectations at the foot of London Street.
All the walks are FREE and all start at 11am.
The maximum numbers for the walk is 12 and booking is preferred using the Eventbrite links below:
- Historic Katesgrove Industries
- A walk around Christchurch Conservation Area
- Beating the Bounds of Katesgrove