There is a mysterious mound of earth just off the beaten paths of the Whiteknights campus that when viewed all way around has the look, air and feel of a Hobbit barrow in the Shires. There is a brick entrance and a lonely shadowy gate that looks like a good habitat for bats and small birds but no other hints of its origin or use.
This stinkpipe is just beyond the eastern Katesgrove border, but no passport is required.
The apparently relentless drive to convert the area’s pubs, offices and vacant lots into flats and HMOs (houses in multiple occupation) continued apace this year. Some proposals, including the demolition of the After Dark Club and the Woodley Arms, were rejected, whilst others, such as the new residential care home near the Rising Sun Arts Centre, will proceed. The saving of the South Street Arts Centre was a major success in keeping Katesgrove at the front of Reading’s arts scene.
Where in Katesgrove is this stinkpipe?
Reading libraries close for the festive season at 1pm on Saturday 24 December. Before that, there is time to pick up a copy of ‘Reading in the 1970s’ by Ann Smith for someone’s present.