By John Howard and Adam Harrington.
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.
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.
- Whitley history talk
- A New Book about Whitley
- The old Whitley library has been locally listed
- The new Whitley Library opens its doors