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On the eighth day of Christmas…

...my true love sent to me: eight Russell Terrace, Seven Bridges House, six hexagons, five Abbey gates, four time pieces, three Thames bridges, two ancient monuments and an Inner Distribution Road. In the garden of 8 Russell Terrace, 1846. public domain: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/283065 It is thanks to the 'Reading Establishment' at 8 Russell Terrace, now 55… Continue reading On the eighth day of Christmas…

On the seventh day of Christmas…

...my true love sent to me: Seven Bridges House, six hexagons, five Abbey gates, four time pieces, three Thames bridges, two ancient monuments and an Inner Distribution Road. Seven Bridges House Seven Bridges House on Bridge Street now stands all alone between the entrance to the Oracle Holy Brook car park and a staff entrance… Continue reading On the seventh day of Christmas…

On the sixth day of Christmas…

...my true love sent to me: six hexagons, five Abbey gates, four time pieces, three Thames bridges, two ancient monuments and an Inner Distribution Road. Hexagon entrance January 2020 The first hexagon is The Hexagon which opened in 1977. Since the Civic Offices were demolished in 2016 the true beauty of the building has been… Continue reading On the sixth day of Christmas…

On the fifth day of Christmas…

...my true love sent to me: five Abbey gates, four time pieces, three Thames bridges, two ancient monuments and an Inner Distribution Road. Abbey Gateway information board Reading Abbey originally had five gates of which the only one that remains is the Inner Gateway that separated the public and private areas of the Abbey. This… Continue reading On the fifth day of Christmas…

On the fourth day of Christmas…

...my true love sent to me: four time pieces, three Thames bridges, two scheduled monuments and an Inner Distribution Road. Walking up High Street and around Market Place there are four time pieces on show: Jacobs clock, Market Way clock, the sundial on St Laurence's church and at least one of the clock faces on… Continue reading On the fourth day of Christmas…

On the third day of Christmas…

...my true love sent to me: three Thames bridges, two scheduled monuments and an Inner Distribution Road. Thames Bridges L to R: Reading Bridge, Caversham Bridge (in the background behind Attwell's Drinking Fountain), Christchurch Bridge Reading has three beautiful bridges over the Thames. The youngest is Christchurch Bridge and is a pedestrian and cycle only… Continue reading On the third day of Christmas…

On the second day of Christmas…

...my true love sent to me: two scheduled monuments and an Inner Distribution Road. Reading's two ancient monuments. L - High Bridge, R - Reading Abbey with Reading Gaol High Bridge is listed as a scheduled monument (1005388) and also has a Grade II listing (1321938). It dates from 1788 and was designed by Robert… Continue reading On the second day of Christmas…

On the first day of Christmas…

...my true love sent to me: an Inner Distribution Road. IDR flyover at the foot of Southampton Street looking north Reading's Inner Distribution Road (IDR) encircles the town centre and has very few admirers but as a route around the town centre it takes in some of Reading's most important heritage sites. Construction began at… Continue reading On the first day of Christmas…

Harris Arcade national listing news

The Station Road entrance to Harris Arcade The whole of Reading's Harris Arcade has now been listed Grade II, recognising its national importance and place in Reading's early twentieth century retail heritage. 15 Friar Street was already a listed building (1113486) but now the description has been expanded with specific inclusion of Harris Arcade units… Continue reading Harris Arcade national listing news