The Black History Mural and the IDR
The Whitley Pump asked Reg Vastern-King, chair of the Friends of the IDR (Inner Distribution Road), what he thought about the Reading Borough Council (RBC) consultation on transport strategy; he was not impressed. “I just don’t understand,” he said “how can you carry out a transport strategy consultation which does not even ask how you feel about the IDR?”
62- 68 Silver Street dig on 6 August
Thames Valley Archaeological Services (TVAS) have completed their excavations at 62-68 Silver Street. They uncovered another section of the mediaeval tile kiln previously excavated at the adjacent site of 40 Silver Street. The area is expected to be covered over on Friday 9 August.
The Whitley Pump is giving two ‘Discovering Katesgrove‘ tours at Reading Museum as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days. Both tours will take place on Saturday 21 September.
David Sanchez of Thames Valley Archaeological Services
Archaeological excavations are underway at 62-68 Silver Street in Katesgrove, next door to where mediaeval tileries were discovered earlier this year. David Sanchez of Thames Valley Archaeological Services told the Whitley Pump that there were new discoveries on this site. They had found evidence of metalworking and four layers of occupation: modern, Victorian, seventeenth century and mediaeval.
Brown Signs – 12 June 2019
Demolition of the ‘Brown Signs’ building, formerly Fairway Press, on Silver Street has now been completed. By the afternoon of 12 June the only remaining trace was the very large orange demolition digger on site.
Woodley Arms – January 2018
Woodley Arms – February 2019
Woodley Arms car park – February 2019
The government planning inspector who examined Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) new local plan has advised that clarification is needed on the policy on student accommodation developments. The local plan will guide Reading’s planning policy until 2036, and this is the first time that Reading will have had a planning policy on development for student housing.
Reading Hindu Temple
The stunning centrepiece at the entrance to the new Story of Reading gallery at Reading Museum contains an object from each of Reading’s 16 wards. For Katesgrove, it is a small brass lamp used during prayers at Reading Hindu Temple at the top of Whitley Street.
Deputy mayor Councillor David Stevens cutting the ribbon to open the gallery.
The completely remodelled ground floor gallery of Reading Museum has been officially launched. Following a brief introduction from museum manager, Matthew Williams, the deputy mayor, councillor David Stevens, cut the red ribbon with a sharp pair of Reading museum scissors and declared the gallery open.
Mayor Deborah Edwards
Reading mayor, Councillor Debs Edwards, opens the South Reading Community Hub on 26 June 2018
The Mayor unveiling the old school bell at the Palmer Academy
Victorian strollers with the Mayor at New Christ Church School 150th anniversary celebrations
The Mayor in conversation at the launch of Reading in Bloom
Southcote councillor Deborah Edwards attended a considerable number of events in south Reading during her mayoral year. This is a pictorial record of just a few of them that the Whitley Pump was able to cover.
Image courtesy of BAFA.
Reading celebrates the Windrush generation’s contribution to the town with four events, starting with a sports day at South Reading Leisure Centre on Windrush day, 22 June.
St Augustine’s conduit house
The conduit house which supplied water to St Augustine’s Abbey should have been the first stop on the Whitley Pump tour of Canterbury, but there were so many other attractions and we almost didn’t find it.
By Evelyn Williams & Dennis Wood.
Gillette in February 2017 before work started
The recent planning application for a major reconfiguration of the Gillette building on Basingstoke Road in Whitley elicited positive comments about the factory building from councillors on the Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning committee.
62-68 Silver Street demolition in progress
62-68 Silver Street
The disused ochre industrial building at 62-68 Silver Street, now being demolished, has been a landmark for many years while it fell into dilapidation, although it never quite reached the iconic status of fancy – V Norris – draper on Southampton Street.
Addington House, London Street
Addington House on London Street in Katesgrove is being marketed for sale by Sharps Commercial who are inviting offers in excess of £1million. The Grade II* listed property which was once the home of Dr Anthony Addington (1713-1790), physician to George III, was recently granted planning permission for conversion from office accommodation to apartments.
By Evelyn Williams and Adam Harrington.
David Sanchez, TVAS project officer holding a 14th-15th century pot found in a tile kiln on Silver St
The archaeological dig at the former 40 Silver Street in Katesgrove, Reading, is yielding a fascinating insight into the industrial history of the town. In the month of excavations so far, CFA Archaeology and Thames Valley Archaeological Services (TVAS) have uncovered the remains of two mediaeval tile kilns, a suspected sixteenth century domestic oven and two nineteenth century wells.
Zoar Strict Baptist Chapel before demolition
Zoar Strict Baptist Chapel during demolition
Developer Pednor Property Ltd has made a planning application to build a three-storey and basement block of eight flats on the site of the Zoar Strict Baptist Chapel on South Street, next door to South Street Arts Centre.
Red Lion & 38 Southampton Street
Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning committee on Wednesday 6 February deferred making a decision on the application (181117) to demolish the Red Lion public house on Southampton Street until the next meeting.