Was the Wellington Arms a B and B?

Atlantis Holdings, the owners and renovators of the old Wellington Arms on Whitley Street, has applied to Reading Borough Council for a lawful development certificate to convert the upper floors to bed and breakfast accommodation.

In their application, Atlantis Holdings says that “the Wellington Arms was historically a pub with bed and breakfast accommodation above for many years.” They have asked the council to confirm this historical use; this can be used as a precedent to support the conversion application.

A member of the council’s business rates team investigated and said they had no record that it had been used as a hotel or guest house and believed the upper floors had been accommodation for the pub landlord.

A local resident who has lived in the area since 1971 also says that she has no recollection of the Wellington Arms including a B&B.

  1. Planning application 181257
  2. The Wellington Arms on the Whitley Pump.

One thought on “Was the Wellington Arms a B and B?

  1. In the 1903 survey of licensed premises the pub did have 3 bedrooms for travellers (I’m indebted here to Evelyn’s transcription of the report), breakfast was also provided. It seems very unlikely that the accommodation was used for this purpose in recent years.


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