At the end of September a petition was presented to Reading Borough Council (RBC) asking for the council to reconsider Aspire CIC’s rejected bid. However this was not the first petition that the has council received about the Black History mural, it had a predecessor in 2006.
26 – 28 Southampton Street are to be sold by the auctioneers Lambert Smith Hampton on 16 October 2017.
Attwells fountain is on the Thames Promenade. The location was once directly connected with the top of Whitley Street by tram and later trolleybus routes. Not so nowadays when all buses with the exception of the No 17, the ‘backbone of Reading’, terminate at Reading Station.
Reading, from the South Hill 1882. reproduced from Illustrated London News.
The Historic Katesgrove Industries tour was available for the first time on 8 September 2017 during the Heritage Open Days weekend. The two hour walk started at the foot of London Street outside Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) and, after a loop around Katesgrove, ended outside Great Expectations, next door to RISC.
By Adam Harrington and John Howard.
Members of Reading’s Afro-Caribbean communities marched from the Central Club at the corner of London Street and Mill Lane to the Civic Offices on Monday 25 September to protest Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) decision to reject their bid to acquire the club and its famous mural.
The Black History Mural was ‘livicated‘ in 1990 and concern has been expressed about its future following Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) decision in July to put the Central Club building on the open market for bids.
Courtesy of the “Reading-on-Thames Festival“, which is sadly a misstatement when clearly Reading’s whole history is based on the River Kennet, came free culture in the form Reading Between the Lines Theatre Company’s play The Life and Death of Reading’s King. For the lucky 700 ticket holders on the night of 15 September this was a history making moment.
The Old Central Club
Mill Lane mural livication
The ‘Black History’ mural
Reading’s Afro-Caribbean communities are planning a peaceful protest march from the ‘black history’ mural at the Central Club on Mill Lane to the council offices on Bridge Street via the town centre, starting at 4.30pm on Monday 25 September.
The Whitley Pump team used an image of the real Whitley Pump c.1910 in an information sheet for our walk around Christchurch conservation area on Saturday 9 September.
(Photo courtesy of Lawrie Sanchez).
Whitley raised sporting legend Lawrie Sanchez has had the most amazingly varied life and career, including some great highs. He has appeared on University Challenge, scored a winning goal in a cup final, run a successful Reading bar and nightspot, been the first to be sent off for committing a professional foul, got a university degree, cycled to Amsterdam, walked the Namibian Desert, steered Northern Ireland football to their most successful period (until recent success), raised Wycombe from the doldrums to football league success and a cup semi-final, managed a team in the Greek Premier league and even helped relegate Swindon!
The Tank at Spring Gardens
The Whitley pump c.1910
Union Street December 2016
Archers in St Mary’s Butts
Tilehurst water tower
If you are a newcomer to Reading, the Berkshire county town and capital, then there a few things of which you should be made aware.
Matt Rodda, Labour MP for Reading East, had some nice things to say about Reading in his maiden speech on 20 July 2017. It was followed by reminiscences and opinions about Reading from his colleagues.
The Shady Side of Town (© Two Rivers Press)
Whitley Pump roundabout
Waterstones on Broad Street has a series of local heritage-related book launches and signings on Saturday 9 September.
Since my last article on the Reading (Reddin) accent, locals have been sending me more musings on the subject, including local words and phrases.
View of Katesgrove Hill over Fobney Meadow and the Kennet towards Christchurch by R.W.Ford 1940
The western edge of Katesgrove as it was in 1940 from Fobney Meadow is depicted in this watercolour by R.W. Ford.
The three walks around Katesgrove that the The Whitley Pump organised as part of the annual Heritage Open Days weekend are now fully booked. There are some alternatives a little further afield.
Charles Philbrick and his brother George were the second generation to run Philbrick’s tannery on Katesgrove Lane. They took over the business from their father John in the 1860s.
The Whitley Pump has been sent another stinkpipe photograph by John Howard. All that remains of this one is a stub and it is used as an unofficial rubbish bin.
Great seal of Matilda the Empress
Bookings are now open for Matilda the Empress which will be performed by Reading Between the Lines (RBL) this November in St James’ Church in the Forbury.