By John Dearing.
Early in 1980 I wanted to move from Maidenhead to Reading, where houses were cheaper. I contacted an estate agent and one Saturday in May I collected details of four properties, three of which were in Katesgrove. After the usual laborious process of house purchase, I moved to Sherman Road in October 1980. By 2015 more than half my life had been spent at this address.
The Woodley Arms
The Woodley Arms
Central government’s Planning Inspectorate has once again refused an appeal to redevelop the Woodley Arms on Waldeck Street into student flats.
The Red Lion on Southampton Street in Katesgrove will be put up for auction on 8 May 2017 by agents Lambert Smith Hampton.
Developers who wish to demolish the Woodley Arms and replace it by a block of student flats have appealed to the Planning Inspectorate against Reading Borough Council’s refusal to allow planning permission. This is the second appeal in relation to development on this site.
Anyone who walks up and down Whitley Street will notice the improvement in the appearance of the former Wellington Arms pub building.
The apparently relentless drive to convert the area’s pubs, offices and vacant lots into flats and HMOs (houses in multiple occupation) continued apace this year. Some proposals, including the demolition of the After Dark Club and the Woodley Arms, were rejected, whilst others, such as the new residential care home near the Rising Sun Arts Centre, will proceed. The saving of the South Street Arts Centre was a major success in keeping Katesgrove at the front of Reading’s arts scene.
Commons, smallholdings, allotments and gardens were the subject of a pop up talk at the Museum of English Rural Life on Monday 21 November.
350 Basingstoke Road
Wellington Arms under refurbishment
The new front elevation
The new side elevation
Work is once again underway on the outside of the old Wellington Arms on Whitley Street after a hiatus of several months.
The proposed redevelopment of the Woodley Arms site on Waldeck Street into 40 student apartments was again refused by Reading Borough Council’s planning applications committee on 20 July.
Corner of Silver and Crown Streets
The Woodley Arms, Waldeck Street
Two important local applications will be presented at the Planning Applications Committee on the evening of Wednesday 20 July 2016.
The Red Cow
The Hop Leaf
Hook & Tackle Public House
It is now possible to read 120 issues of the staff magazine of Simonds Brewery, the Hop Leaf Gazette, online. The first magazine was published in 1927 and the last in 1961.
Reading Borough Council’s planning department will recommend acceptance of the latest planning application for the site of the Woodley Arms on Waldeck Street. The proposal is for the pub to be demolished and for 40 student flats to be built in its place.
Pau Brasil on Mount Pleasant
Rising Sun Arts Centre
South Reading Community Centre
Christ Church in Christchurch Conservation Area
Corn dolly at MERL
Milman Road Health Centre
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Hop Leaf Hanging Baskets
The Reading in Bloom competition for 2016 has been launched. It is open to gardens, allotments and other commercial floral displays within the boundaries of Reading Borough Council.
Another planning application has been submitted to demolish the Woodley Arms and redevelop the site as 40 student flats.
Billed as ‘telling the fascinating story of how Reading beer was transformed from a disgusting swill hated by locals, to an ale loved all over the world’, Bill Buckley of BBC Radio Berkshire presented and compèred ‘a celebration of beer.’
This is one of the Whitley Pump’s favourite views from Whitley Street. Look closely and you will see that some spring planting has taken place on the plot where the public toilets once were.
The Three Guineas
Reading Railway Station Public House
“Tscaz olkrus ubt” by © 2005 by Tomasz Sienicki
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