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?”
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.
Fiona Talkington on New Road, Redlands, in January 2019
The BBC Radio 3 broadcaster, writer, Norwegian arts enthusiast and Reading Fringe Festival curator Fiona Talkington still lives near Christchurch Green, Reading, in the home in which she grew up. Her house was, as it should be for a music presenter, almost knee-deep in CDs, although Fiona did confide that the CDs also met an insulating role where they lined inside external walls.
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.
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.
A close-up of a Reading redwood
Redwood near Cintra Park, Reading
Hidden behind an ornate brick frontage on Milman Road stands a quietly growing giant. This giant is a tree, and not just any tree, but a Californian Redwood. It is the only tree on the street with a preservation order, thanks to efforts by local legends John and Edna Tuggey.
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.
By John Illenden.
Blacksmith Edward Eynott shoeing a horse at his forge in Church Road, Caversham, Reading, c. 1895. Photo courtesy of Reading Borough Library Local Studies Collection.
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, 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.
Pictures by Huma Jehan.
14C tile kiln at the 40 Silver Street archaeological dig (Huma Jehan)
Katesgrove artist and Reading urban sketcher Huma Jehan managed to get into the 40 Silver Street dig last week, and sketched the archaeologists at work.
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.
Archaeological excavations at 40 Silver Street have uncovered a previously unknown twelfth century tile kiln with examples of the same floor tiles as used at Reading Abbey.
The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) re-opens after Xmas today. It will also be open on 28, 29 and 30 December.
Our interview with Tony Page continues with reflections on Reading, its waterways and the Abbey.
The Kennet by Temple Place
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.