Southbound closure of Basingstoke Road at the Whitley Pump from 16 February

Gas main replacement on Basingstoke Road

A 20 metre stretch of Basingstoke Road southbound from the Whitley Street roundabout will be closed from 16 February for gas main replacement and reinforcement work.

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The fate of the Whitley Conduit

Drawing of the Whitley Conduit 1908 by Mr T.T. Cumming – Berks, Bucks & Oxon Archaeological Journal Vol 14

The Whitley Conduit on Highgrove Street was probably Reading Abbey’s drinking water source until the Abbey’s dissolution in the sixteenth century. The conduit existed at least until 1908, when Edward Margrett described the remains and requested that the municipal authorities repair it. But what happened to it after that?

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