Friends of the IDR respond to the RBC transport consultation

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?”

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Excavations well underway at 62-68 Silver Street

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.

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A lifetime of music in Reading, with Fiona Talkington

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.

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Story of Reading Gallery is officially open

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.

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Mediaeval tile kilns found on Silver Street

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.

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