The Shady Side of Town (© Two Rivers Press)
Picture Palace to Penny Plunge
St Lawrence Jewry Memorial Fountain
Views from the Hill The Story of Whitley by Dennis Wood
As a celebration of World Book Day 2018, the Whitley Pump looks back at the books we reviewed in the last year.
Southampton Street today opposite the Huntley Boorne & Stephens Southampton Street entrance
For local historians with a penchant for photographs and films, David Cliffe’s Picture Palace to Penny Plunge may turn out to be the book of the year. Following up on the filming of A Bridge too Far on Hill Street in 1976 led to the discovery of ‘The Firefighters’.
Matthew Farrall (left) and David Archibald (right), making a sign for ‘Africa’
I was on a lunchtime walk from work with colleagues recently and among them was Jamaican-born Rastafarian, David Archibald. David’s knowledge of the Afro-Caribbean history of three Katesgrove buildings had us all enthralled. He gave us some real insight into the cultural and socio-political side of life growing up in Reading in the 70s and 80s. With vivid joy, he talked of the great times he had at the Apollo Youth Club, the Caribbean Club and the Central Club; David explained most of his life at the time revolved around social gatherings with music at the heart of everything.
Hill Street today
When the Whitley Pump recently reviewed Picture Palace to Penny Plunge by David Cliffe, we found out that a scene from the film A Bridge too Far had been shot on Hill Street in Katesgrove.