The Earl of Essex

Berkshire Family History Society (BFHS) has organised a walk on Wednesday 8 August at 19.30 which will visit important sites in Katesgrove from the siege of Reading during the English Civil War (1642-1651).

Katesgrove hill and Harrison’s barn were both very important defensive positions for the royalists who were besieged here by the Earl of Essex in April 1643.

Steve Haywood and I will lead the walk. We will describe the importance of the siege in the history of the Civil War and the part played by the locations we visit.

The circular route starts at S Giles Church on Southampton Street.

Tickets cost £5 (£4 for members of BFHS) and can be booked online via the society’s website or at the Centre for Heritage and Family History on the second floor of Reading Central Library. You can also book by post on a booking form downloaded from the website or picked up from the centre.

Centre for Heritage and Family History
Reading Central Library
Abbey Square

  1. Berkshire Family History Society
  2. St Giles, guarding Reading since the civil war
  3. How many Harrison’s barns were there?