Another of Katesgrove’s notable residents buried in Reading Old Cemetery is John Cecil Grainger who was vicar of St Giles’ Church from 1834 to 1857. Advertisements
Earlier this year, the Whitley Pump reported on the spring clean that was undertaken by the Parks team of Reading Borough Council at Reading Old Cemetery at the eponymous junction.
Reading Old Cemetery at the eponymous junction was undergoing seasonal tree cutting, pruning and other grounds maintenance work on Saturday 6 February 2016.
In March we published a piece by Matthew Farrall about ‘The Berkshire Book of Song, Rhyme and Steeple Chime’ by Arthur L Humphreys. Matthew noticed that the author’s address was York Lodge, Reading, and discovered the connection between Humphreys and another, albeit short term and involuntary Reading resident, Oscar Wilde.
Henry Philbrick, elder brother of Charles and George Philbrick of the tannery on Katesgrove Lane, went out to Australia to seek his fortune in 1857. After a period in the goldfields of Victoria he turned to the family trade and set up a tannery at Broadford in 1865.
If you are a newcomer to Reading, the Berkshire county town and capital, then there a few things of which you should be made aware.
Charles Philbrick and his brother George were the second generation to run Philbrick’s tannery on Katesgrove Lane. They took over the business from their father John in the 1860s.
The MP for Reading East, Rob Wilson, voted in parliament in February to give the prime minister power to trigger ‘article 50’ that begins the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. There was the briefest of Twitter storms at about the same time whether the Reading East constituency had voted to leave or to remain in … Continue reading Is east Reading’s MP voting for his constituency?
Reading Borough Council has proposed to replace the town’s 13 children’s centres with four ‘children and family centre hubs’. Under the proposal, Katesgrove children’s centre would be replaced by the Sun Street Youth and Community Centre at Cemetery Junction.
On 9 November 1895, Alderman Charles James Andrewes was travelling on a Reading Omnibus Company horse bus from the Queens Head public house, via the Whitley Pump, to West Street, when his fellow passengers noticed that he was unwell.
Reading Tree Wardens, volunteers from Investec Asset Finance and Reading Borough Council (RBC) trees team all took part in a tree planting day on Hartland Road in Whitley on Thursday 8 March.
The 2017 edition of ‘Berkshire Old & New’, the journal of the Berkshire Local History Association, includes a history of Philbrick’s tannery on Katesgrove Lane.
Reading Borough Council (RBC) has published draft accounts for the year ending 31 March 2017 and they are available on the council’s website among the policies, finance and legal information pages.
On a fresh Mayday morning, I went along to the first part of an organised walk at that eleven acre wedge of melancholy calm and beauty known as Reading Old Cemetery. An eager crowd of around a hundred souls had gathered to learn more of Reading’s trees and celebrate the publishing of a remarkable book … Continue reading The Shady Side of Town book review
In October, the Whitley Pump wrote about the impressive memorial to Rev John Cecil Grainger of St Giles, who died in 1857, and was buried in Reading Old Cemetery. His parishioners also erected a tablet in St Giles Church.
Felix Brunner is a builder, an artist, a former school teacher and educationalist, a Peace and Green Party activist, Reading fan and the owner pioneer of Reading’s most marvellous independent arts and music venue, the Rising Sun in Katesgrove. He is also the loudest whistler I ever heard.
About once a year I get awoken at the crack of dawn by the most spectacular howling outside my bedroom window. This horrific, terrified noise comes from a muntjac deer who has got itself trapped in railings on neighbouring property.
Some years are defined by great songs, some by great personalities, some by great tragedies. This year has been alarming both nationally and internationally, but on the oft-ignored local level, the year was defined by the sound of the tide going out on civic society. The world clearly has bigger problems than the damage wrought by the tortured thrashing … Continue reading The year on Katesgrove Hill
It has been 950 years since the Battle of Hastings, and 2016 has seen many events to commemorate the anniversary. After 1066 came the Bayeux Tapestry, and 20 years later the Domesday Book recorded the wealth of the nation.
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