Two days to go before Reading Abbey re-opens – Did monks play at Rabson’s Rec?

Rabson’s Recreation Ground

In the time of Abbot William (1165-1173), Reading Abbey was given permission by Henry II to enclose land that it had in Whitley into a park. By the time of the dissolution of the Abbey in 1539, large swathes of Whitley were owned by the Abbey; Whitley Manor to the west of Basingtoke Road and Whitley Park to the east.

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Rattle and Hum – South Reading’s Trolleybuses celebrated

By Simon Wise.

1957 AEC Regent III Bus, Reading Corporation Transport. Photo used by permission of TV&GWOT

They are just maroon and cream coloured ghosts now, their web of wiring long gone; even the posts that supported those wires have been removed from Whitley’s streets, but Reading’s trolleybuses will be recalled in a special event this Sunday 3 June 2018.

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‘Whitley Wood Album’ public art installed

The installation of the ‘Whitley Wood Album’, a set of three public artworks by Bruce Williams, was celebrated by the children of the Geoffrey Field Junior School in Whitley and the Reading mayor Rose Williams on 11 May.

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