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Hug the Gaol on Sunday 13 October

Oscar Wilde gates on Chestnut Walk

The atmospheric art exhibition inspired by Oscar Wilde‘s haunting Ballad of Reading Gaol at the Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock recently provides a compelling cultural backdrop to the Hug The Gaol Event on Sunday 13 October at 2pm. The emotive images evoked by the ‘Pit of Shame’ lead us to a feeling of redemption as we surround Reading Gaol in a mass hug to demonstrate our desire to have Reading Gaol at the heart of the community.

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A talk about George Lovejoy from the History of Reading Society

George Lovejoy by Charles L Havell c1850

George Lovejoy, the nineteenth century London Street bookseller, is famous on the virtual pages of the Whitley Pump for his insistence on the proper audit and scrutiny of the Corporation of Reading’s accounts. The History of Reading Society‘s talk this evening, 18 September, at 7.30pm will no doubt fill in some more details of the life of this fascinating Reading figure.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 9 September

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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 7 September

Thomas Homes site at the corner of Silver Street and Crown Street in February 2019

There were 12 new planning applications in south Reading this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Matt Rodda MP’s petition to Save Reading Gaol

Matt Rodda at the opening of the ‘In Reading Gaol by Reading Town‘ exhibition at the Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock

The Whitley Pump asked Reading East MP, Matt Rodda, about his ‘Save Reading Gaol’ petition.

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Two years on, what has changed on the scenic route to the Madejski Stadium?

Sustrans signpost on Waterloo Meadows

Reading were at home to Sheffield Wednesday for their first game of the 2018/19 season. It was a fine day, so we decided to see what had changed since 2017 on the scenic cross-country route from the Whitley Pump to the Madejski Stadium.

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Heritage Open Days events 2019 in and around Katesgrove

Heritage Open Days (HODs) are celebrating their 25th birthday with an extended programme of events over ten days from 13 to 22 September. There are over 40 participating venues and events in Reading this year and you don’t have to go too far from the Whitley Pump for some of them.

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Friends of the IDR respond to the RBC transport consultation

The Black History Mural and the IDR

The Whitley Pump asked Reg Vastern-King, chair of the Friends of the IDR (Inner Distribution Road), what he thought about the Reading Borough Council (RBC) consultation on transport strategy; he was not impressed. “I just don’t understand,” he said “how can you carry out a transport strategy consultation which does not even ask how you feel about the IDR?”

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Latest archaeological dig on Silver Street completed

62- 68 Silver Street dig on 6 August

Thames Valley Archaeological Services (TVAS) have completed their excavations at 62-68 Silver Street. They uncovered another section of the mediaeval tile kiln previously excavated at the adjacent site of 40 Silver Street. The area is expected to be covered over on Friday 9 August.

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Whitley Pump is participating in Heritage Open Days 2019

The Whitley Pump is giving two ‘Discovering Katesgrove‘ tours at Reading Museum as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days. Both tours will take place on Saturday 21 September.

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Excavations well underway at 62-68 Silver Street

David Sanchez of Thames Valley Archaeological Services

Archaeological excavations are underway at 62-68 Silver Street in Katesgrove, next door to where mediaeval tileries were discovered earlier this year. David Sanchez of Thames Valley Archaeological Services told the Whitley Pump that there were new discoveries on this site. They had found evidence of metalworking and four layers of occupation: modern, Victorian, seventeenth century and mediaeval.

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Demolition of ‘Brown Signs’ building on Silver Street in pictures

Brown Signs – 12 June 2019

Demolition of the ‘Brown Signs’ building, formerly Fairway Press, on Silver Street has now been completed. By the afternoon of 12 June the only remaining trace was the very large orange demolition digger on site.

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Student accommodation and Reading’s new local plan

The government planning inspector who examined Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) new local plan has advised that clarification is needed on the policy on student accommodation developments. The local plan will guide Reading’s planning policy until 2036, and this is the first time that Reading will have had a planning policy on development for student housing.

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A Katesgrove tour of the Story of Reading Gallery at Reading Museum

Reading Hindu Temple

The stunning centrepiece at the entrance to the new Story of Reading gallery at Reading Museum contains an object from each of Reading’s 16 wards. For Katesgrove, it is a small brass lamp used during prayers at Reading Hindu Temple at the top of Whitley Street.

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Story of Reading Gallery is officially open

Deputy mayor Councillor David Stevens cutting the ribbon to open the gallery.

The completely remodelled ground floor gallery of Reading Museum has been officially launched. Following a brief introduction from museum manager, Matthew Williams, the deputy mayor, councillor David Stevens, cut the red ribbon with a sharp pair of Reading museum scissors and declared the gallery open.

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Councillor Deborah Edwards’ mayoral year in south Reading

Southcote councillor Deborah Edwards attended a considerable number of events in south Reading during her mayoral year. This is a pictorial record of just a few of them that the Whitley Pump was able to cover.

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Windrush Day comes to south Reading on 22 June

Image courtesy of BAFA.

Reading celebrates the Windrush generation’s contribution to the town with four events, starting with a sports day at South Reading Leisure Centre on Windrush day, 22 June.

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St Augustine’s Conduit House in Canterbury

St Augustine’s conduit house

The conduit house which supplied water to St Augustine’s Abbey should have been the first stop on the Whitley Pump tour of Canterbury, but there were so many other attractions and we almost didn’t find it.

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Gillette Building on Basingstoke Road has been locally listed

By Evelyn Williams & Dennis Wood.

Gillette in February 2017 before work started

The recent planning application for a major reconfiguration of the Gillette building on Basingstoke Road in Whitley elicited positive comments about the factory building from councillors on the Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning committee.

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62-68 Silver Street demolition underway

The disused ochre industrial building at 62-68 Silver Street, now being demolished, has been a landmark for many years while it fell into dilapidation, although it never quite reached the iconic status of fancyV Norrisdraper on Southampton Street.

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