Reading, its history and attractions

Updated 14 February 2018

The Trooper Potts VC Memorial Trust Website contains information about Reading Past and Present.

                  The History of Reading

The vision of Reading in the future Reading 2050 can be reached via the link; Reading 2050

There is NO Tourist Information Centre in Reading.  Despite the large number of visitors this was dispensed with years ago.  The council view was that visitors (old and young) will use their mobile phones to find any relevant information.  So good luck with that.

The Living Reading website is helpful but that is probably it;

               Living Reading – Visitor Information

Alt Reading provides a good source of information –Information about Alt Reading

Their site also includes information about The Gentlemen Danes,  prisoners from the Napoleonic Wars who were held on parole in Reading.   The Gentlemen Danes of Reading. The article features the memorial on the south wall of Reading Minster to Laurenthius Braag, one of the prisoners who died in Reading.   Reading Civic Society members contributed funds to us to restore his memorial in 2009.  We were alerted to the deteriorating condition of the memorial by society member John Nixon.


The completed restoration with, L-R; Michael Eastham (Restorer) Canon Brian Shenton (Reading Minster) and Richard Bennett (Reading Civic Society)

In early 2017 John has  completed a book about this story which we believe will be a significant contribution to understanding Reading’s history.  If you would like to support publication of this book we will be delighted if you will consider making a donation:

  • Cheque to Reading Civic Society, 69, Baker Street, Reading RG1 7XY
  • Via our Charity Aid Foundation Bank.  Our charity number is 263959.   To make a direct donation find our site by searching CAF Bank to find Reading Civic Society to make donation.  In the “Special Instructions box” indicate that your donation is to support the publication of the book.

All donations given for this purpose will ONLY be used for this purpose.

Alfred Waterhouse designed several major buildings in Reading as explained in this article by Kate Ellis  Alfred Waterhouse

 The local attractions?

The Trooper Potts VC Memorial, unveiled by Chris Tarrant OBE and the Lord-Lieutenant of Berkshire on 4 October 2015.

The ruins of Reading Abbey are closed. Contractors were appointed in January 2017 and work is due to commence in mid February 2017.  They re-open on 16 June 2018.   A good source for information and events,  including any planned visits to the ruins, is the Friends of Reading Abbey website.   Reading Museum information about the Abbey and the Abbey Quarter gives an insight to the plans but does not  is also useful.

Trip Advisor lists 73 things to do around Reading;                                               Attractions around Reading

Heritage Open Days in  2018 will run over two weekends; 6-9 and 13-16 September.

     Heritage Open Days

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