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 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 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

Market Place/London Street CA – review of conservation area appraisal

You've found Reading Abbey's Market Place Reading Conservation Area Advisory Committee (CAAC) have made the latest version of their review of the Market Place/London Street conservation area appraisal available on their website. The appraisal was last reviewed 14 years ago in 2007. This review has been made available for informal comment and has not been… Continue reading Market Place/London Street CA – review of conservation area appraisal

London Street blogs for Reading Museum

Time Travel on London Street is the title of two blogs that we have written for Reading Museum. Part 1 starts with the construction of London Street in the twelfth century and focusses on 35-39 London Street which is now the home of the Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC). Part 2 brings the story of… Continue reading London Street blogs for Reading Museum