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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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Planning applications in south Reading during the week ending 2 March

These planning applications may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Planning applications in south Reading during the week ending 2 February

These planning applications may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Planning applications in south Reading during the week ending 22 December

These planning applications may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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The fate of the Whitley Conduit

Drawing of the Whitley Conduit 1908 by Mr T.T. Cumming – Berks, Bucks & Oxon Archaeological Journal Vol 14

The Whitley Conduit on Highgrove Street was probably Reading Abbey’s drinking water source until the Abbey’s dissolution in the sixteenth century. The conduit existed at least until 1908, when Edward Margrett described the remains and requested that the municipal authorities repair it. But what happened to it after that?

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Whitley Conduit plaque features in Reading Museum display

A plaque which was placed on the Whitley Conduit when it was refurbished in 1908 is now on show in the new Story of Reading Gallery display at Reading Museum.

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Planning application 171852 : 54 Highgrove Street

54 Highgrove Street
Reading
RG1 5EN

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Planning application 171477 : 125 Highgrove Street

125 Highgrove Street
Reading
RG1 5EJ

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Sumer is Icumen In – could you hear it up on Katesgrove Hill?

A view of the Reading Abbey Ruins from the Forbury Gardens

A view of Reading Abbey ruins from Forbury Gardens

The Whitley Pump takes an interest in the current developments at Reading Abbey which should lead to its re-opening to visitors in 2018. When it was first built, the abbey would have been visible from the top of Whitley and Katesgrove Hill.

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Planning application 160280 : 115 Highgrove Street

115 Highgrove Street
Reading RG1 5EJ

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Planning application 160171 : 121 Highgrove Street

121 Highgrove Street
Reading RG1 5EJ

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Highgrove Street deep cleaned!

Highgrove_Street_Deep_Clean_19_Nov_2015_Adam Harrington

Reading Borough Council’s streetcare team was joined by Katesgrove Community Association, ACORN Reading, police community support officers and local residents in a thorough clean up of Highgrove Street on Thursday 19 November.

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Highgrove Street deep clean on Thursday 19 November

Highgrove Street Bin

Volunteers from Reading Borough Council (RBC) and the University will be helping to remove graffiti, litter and overhanging vegetation from Highgrove Street on Thursday 19 November in the latest Love Clean Reading event.

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