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Spot the stinkpipe – the Lockdown Edition

Stinkpipe

Stinkpipe

This tall and probably once very beautiful stinkpipe is in central Reading on a major bus route. It has avoided our stinkpipe spotters for many years although it is scarcely hidden.

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Spot the stinkpipe – the Brexit special

This beautiful petite stinkpipe sporting a jester’s hat appeared out of hiding recently because of the bare trees around it and possibly some recent shrub clearance.

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26 December – Stink pipes we have spotted

The Pheasant

The Whitley Pump collection of Reading stink pipes started with a reader’s enquiry about the unidentified pipe or pole near the Pheasant where Southampton Street and Mount Pleasant meet.

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Spot the stinkpipe – Autumn Leaves edition

This stinkpipe is currently visible because most of the leaves have fallen from surrounding trees and exposed it to view.

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Spot the stinkpipe – the clocks go back edition

After our May Day stinkpipe, we thought we had spotted all of Reading’s stinkpipes but this one had gone unnoticed.

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Spot the stinkpipe – May Day edition

The first Monday in May has been a bank holiday in England, Wales and for exactly forty years, but it still feels as if we have not got used to it yet.

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Spot the stinkpipe – Easter Monday edition

A Thames crossing is involved in this edition of ‘spot the stinkpipe’. To find these stinkpipes, cross Caversham Bridge and go up a hill, but not St Peter’s Hill.

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Happy New Year 2018 Stinkpipe!

This is a princess among stinkpipes with a crown on top, just off the Oxford Road.

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Spot the Stinkpipe – Boxing day walk edition 2017

For some of Reading’s more beautiful stinkpipes it is necessary to travel beyond the natural boundaries of the Whitley Pump’s home territory.

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Spot the stinkpipe – Thames Water motion at council meeting edition

Reading Borough Council (RBC) will be considering a motion on the disruption caused by works undertaken by Thames Water this evening, 17 October. Thames Water are not only responsible for water supply but also look after Reading sewers and works on sewers can also cause local disruption.

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Spot the stinkpipe – Heritage Open Days edition

The Whitley Pump team used an image of the real Whitley Pump c.1910 in an information sheet for our walk around Christchurch conservation area on Saturday 9 September.

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Spot the stink pipe – stubby edition!

The Whitley Pump has been sent another stinkpipe photograph by John Howard. All that remains of this one is a stub and it is used as an unofficial rubbish bin.

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Spot the stink pipe – Saturday shoppers’ special!

The Whitley Pump was sent these photographs by John Howard. These two stinkpipes are very close together on the same street in Whitley less than ten minutes walk from Morrisons.

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Spot the stinkpipe – Summer Solstice 2017 edition


Here is a solstice stinkpipe for Reading’s longest day in 2017.

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Spot the stink pipe – Election 2017 bonus edition!

This stinkpipe is in northern Katesgrove.

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Spot the stinkpipe – New Year’s Day edition!

New Year's Day stinkpipe

This stinkpipe is just beyond the eastern Katesgrove border, but no passport is required.

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Spot the stinkpipe – Boxing Day edition!

Boxing Day stinkpipe

Where in Katesgrove is this stinkpipe?

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Spot the stinkpipe!

Katesgrove Stinkpipe No 2

Where in Katesgrove is this stinkpipe?

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The stink pipe plot has been prettied up!

Prettied Up

This is one of the Whitley Pump’s favourite views from Whitley Street. Look closely and you will see that some spring planting has taken place on the plot where the public toilets once were.

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Katesgrove Sewers and Public Conveniences

Ventilation Chimney on Whitley Street

Ventilation chimney on Whitley Street

Whitley Pump were set a puzzle by reader Jane Burnett who sent in a question.

What is the brick structure and ventilation chimney in front of The Pheasant? Is there a closed off underground public toilet down there?

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