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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – postcard from Gibraltar

Queen Victoria’s Monument, Gunners’ Parade, Gibraltar c. 1910

Queen Victoria’s Monument on Gunners’ Parade in Gibraltar is in the form of a drinking fountain with a bowl for dogs at the base. On the rear is the inscription “Erected by the inhabitants of Gibraltar 1910”.

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A Pevsner Perambulation in Katesgrove

Pell Street looking west

Nikolaus Pevsner‘s edition of the Berkshire volume of ‘Buildings of England’ was published in 1966, the thirtieth county guide of forty-six. The Reading section starts with the Abbey, followed by churches and finally public buildings.

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19 December – RISC opening and closing times over Xmas and New Year

The Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) at the foot of London Street houses the Global Café and the World Shop. The Global Café does not usually open on Mondays and so on the evening of Sunday 23 December it will open for the last time in 2018 and will not re-open until Wednesday 2 January.

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2 December – Katesgrove Pubs

Reading CAMRA are publishing an A to Z advent calendar of Reading and Mid-Berks CAMRA pubs on their twitter account (@ReadingCAMRA). They say that they are doing this “… [to] encourage you to give them some support especially during January, one of the quietest periods of business for the pub trade.”

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Ode to old pubs

The old Wellington Arms (Huma Jehan)

The new occupier of the Wellington Arms on Whitley Street has been announced; it will be Greggs the bakers. The news has moved a neighbour to pen a wistful ode.

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On this day – 9 November 1895

A horse bus at the corner of West Street and Broad Street looking east c.1895

On 9 November 1895, Alderman Charles James Andrewes was travelling on a Reading Omnibus Company horse bus from the Queens Head public house, via the Whitley Pump, to West Street, when his fellow passengers noticed that he was unwell.

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New tenant sought for the Nob

ei publican partnerships are advertising for new tenants for the Queens Head, locally known as ‘The Nob’, on Christchurch Road in Reading.

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Was the Wellington Arms a B and B?

Atlantis Holdings, the owners and renovators of the old Wellington Arms on Whitley Street, has applied to Reading Borough Council for a lawful development certificate to convert the upper floors to bed and breakfast accommodation.

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Owner of Woodley Arms plans site clean-up

The owner of the former Woodley Arms on Waldeck Street, Lainston Woodley Arms LLP, has told Reading Borough Council that they plan to secure the site this week.

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Introduction to “a walk around Reading’s IDR”

The IDR as it was intended to be built at the time that Stage I was under construction.

The Whitley Pump is leading a walk around Reading’s Inner Distribution Road (IDR) as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days in September. Reading’s post-war history, in which it transformed from a primarily industrial to a retail town, circle the IDR like the IDR circles the town centre.

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Planning application 181351 : Wellington Arms, Whitley Street

Wellington Arms
70-72 Whitley Street
Reading

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Whitley Pump offers ‘a walk around Reading’s IDR’ for Heritage Open Days 2018

For this year’s Heritage Open Days festival the Whitley Pump will be leading a walk around the IDR on Sunday 16 September at 11am.

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Developer appeals for the third time against Woodley Arms planning decision

The Woodley Arms

Property developer Lainston Woodley Arms LLP has appealed to the government’s planning inspectorate against the Reading Borough Council (RBC) decision to refuse planning permission to demolish the Woodley Arms and build student accommodation on the site.

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Planning application 180678 : Hope and Bear (previously Abbot Cook) public house

153 London Road
Reading
RG1 5DE

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Craft Theory at South Street

Chaats Indian Street Food at the Craft Theory Festival, South Street

I missed out on the first Craft Theory festival at Katesgrove’s South Street Arts Centre last year, but I read the reviews with excitement and suffered a major case of FOMO [note 1]. I was in a unique position for the festival on 13 and 14 April this year; not only did I volunteer for Friday behind the jump [note 2], pouring drinks and loving it, but I also arrived bright-eyed on Saturday to spend the afternoon getting merry with my pals.

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Reading’s New Local Plan moves forward to last stages

You can now read everything you ever wanted to know about Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) new local plan on a dedicated web page. Once adopted, it will be the main planning document for Reading until 2036.

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The Berkshire book of song, rhyme and steeple chime

The Berkshire book of song, rhyme and steeple chime was published in 1935 and is a unique record of country song, children’s games, epitaphs, droll church inscriptions, poems, doggerel, social history and some scurrilous local gossip. These pieces were lovingly collected over twenty years or so by the publisher and author Arthur L Humphreys.

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Planning application 180342 : Red Cow, 50 Crown Street

Red Cow Public House
50 Crown Street
Reading
RG1 2SE

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Plans to demolish the Red Lion public house and replace with flats

Red Lion Southampton Street – the pub was withdrawn from sale in advance of the advertised auction

Property developers MacNiven Quays have submitted a planning application to demolish Red Lion public house on Southampton Street, as well as the house next door to it, and replace them both with a four-storey block of flats.

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The Dairy, the Ice House and Park House bar at the University

With help from Sue Beckett, Matt Davies and Simon Sheppard.

While our University students are engaged in scholarship sublime or out volunteering, or maybe just kicking wheelie bins down Hatherley Road after flooding Reading pubs dressed as golfers (for reasons I don’t want to understand), you could be using one of their three great bars, where well-behaved townies are welcome. All three have reasonable prices and well-trained, polite staff, but refreshingly little else in common with each other. I have been wearing the hair-shirt by breaking dry January and drinking and eating in all of them. They have varied opening times, so best to check the links.

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