Whitley past and present explored with Dennis Wood

By John Howard and Adam Harrington.

Dennis Wood at the Whitley history talk on 29 September. Photo: John Howard

Dennis Wood, the author of Views from the Hill, the Story of Whitley gave a charming and fascinating talk called Whitley Past and Present at Whitley library on 29 September.

Mr Wood covered almost a thousand years of history, from Whitley’s mediaeval beginnings as farmland and a hunting park partly owned by Reading Abbey, through the estates of the nineteenth century where the area was divided up amongst the ever-shifting bigwigs of Reading’s industrial revolution, through the rapid development of housing in the first half of the twentieth century, right up to the present day.

Dennis Wood at the Whitley history talk on 29 September. Photo: John Howard

The talk was held in the newly opened Whitley library in the South Reading Community Hub on Northumberland Avenue. At the end of the talk, Mr Wood announced that the old Whitley library building had been locally listed, with help from the Whitley Pump‘s Evelyn Williams. This news was met with considerable approval!

Views from the Hill, the Story of Whitley can be bought from the publisher Scallop Shell Press for £18 + £2.85 postage.


Links
  1. Whitley history talk
  2. A New Book about Whitley
  3. The old Whitley library has been locally listed
  4. The new Whitley Library opens its doors

 

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One thought on “Whitley past and present explored with Dennis Wood

  1. A splendid talk it was too and Dennis did remember my original comments on the book ;-)
    There was talk of WW2 fire wardens in Whitley and their stations.
    I wonder if the brick buildings in the grounds of St. Pauls Mews [ was Lower Whitley School ] are connected with this,

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