The Domesday entry for Whitley is in the bottom right hand corner

The Domesday entry for Whitley is in the bottom right hand corner

It has been 950 years since the Battle of Hastings, and 2016 has seen many events to commemorate the anniversary. After 1066 came the Bayeux Tapestry, and 20 years later the Domesday Book recorded the wealth of the nation.

Here is a local fact, artefact and activity for this anniversary.


Whitley had its own entry in the Domesday Book.

Whitley was part of the Reading hundred. This included Reading itself, surrounding places such as Aldermaston, Pangbourne and Woolhampton, as well as places now within Reading like Southcote and Whitley.

Reading comprised of 102 households. By comparison Whitley was quite small, with only 8 households.


Reading’s replica Bayeux tapestry.

Arthur Hill bought the replica of the Bayeux tapestry for £300 in 1895 as a gift for Reading. This is the same Arthur Hill who is commemorated by the Arthur Hill Memorial Baths at Cemetery Junction. This is the closest swimming pool to the Whitley Pump and is due to be closed down by the end of the year.

Arthur Hill Baths

The tapestry is on permanent display in a purpose built gallery at Reading Museum.

The final panel of the Bayeux Tapestry was lost, but in 2014 a group of embroiderers from the isle of Alderney completed a final panel. It is on display until 29 October at Battle Museum of Local History, East Sussex.


There is a Bayeux tapestry tour at Reading Museum every Saturday at 2.15pm.

Next Tuesday 25 October between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm there will be a Bayeux tapestry sewing demonstration as part of the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

Museum - On Track

  1. Open Domesday
  2. Bayeux Tapestry: The islanders who finished the final scenes
  3. Reading Museum and Town Hall
  4. Britain’s Bayeux Tapestry
  5. Bayeux Tapestry sewing demonstration