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.
By John Illenden.
John Illenden, a resident of Katesgrove, has uncovered the tragic fate of one of his family who lived and died on Basingstoke Road in Whitley during the 1860s.
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.
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.
Our interview with Tony Page continues with reflections on Reading, its waterways and the Abbey.
We are grateful to the the ‘Reading Book of Days’ for informing us about the death of Alderman William Blandy on this day, 17 December, in 1817.
This stinkpipe is currently visible because most of the leaves have fallen from surrounding trees and exposed it to view.
Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East and shadow minister for buses) took part in a debate on the Centenary of the Armistice on 6 November. He spoke of the effect of the First World War on Reading and Woodley in his constituency of Reading East, and made a special mention of Katesgrove.
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.
The first night of Henry II, the pay what you want night, on 8 October was booked with much anticipation as soon as tickets came out in June. There are 17 more days and 24 more performances to come until Reading collapses exhausted with the last night of the last part of the Conquerors trilogy.
Many of Reading’s 2018 Black History Month events take place in Katesgrove.
The old Whitley library on Northumberland Avenue has been added to Reading’s list of locally important buildings and structures. This means that in future it will be subject to more detailed planning controls than an unlisted building.