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Reading Memories Facebook group (a closed group so you probably need to have an account on Facebook to view it)

Old Reading Facebook group (a closed group so you probably need to have an account on Facebook to view it)

A video made up of pictures blending old photographs of Reading with new pictures of the same views.

Memories of Old Reading on the Reading Forum bulletin board.

Reading Forum YouTube channel

Local artist & illustrator Steve King has made several illustrations combining old and new views of Reading streets.

Family History / Genealogy

Berkshire Family History Society


Battle of Reading, 871 Wikipedia

Reading Abbey

Reading Abbey History

The Hidden Abbey Stones Project, HASP, is an exciting new venture, instigated by John and Lindsay Mullaney. It comes out of the Hidden Abbey Project, which won a Reading Cultural Award in the category "Celebrating Reading’s Heritage" in June 2017. The Project’s aim is to involve the people of Reading in the rediscovery of the fabric of the great Benedictine Abbey of Reading, founded by King Henry I in 1121. One question which we hope to answer is whether the Abbey changed much during its 400 years as an active monastery. To what extent will we find evidence of changing styles of architecture? And from this information can we say more about what life in the Abbey and in Reading may have been like?

Cross St / Duke St circa 1911


Broad St circa 1933*


The Imperial War Museum has a collection of pictures of Life in Wartime Reading

There's a 2012 Reading Forum post made up of pictures and text from the Imperial War Museum collection; unfortunately (and incompetently) the IWM seems to have changed the links so the pictures no longer show in the Forum post. Clicking the broken-image icons takes you to the IWM's page for each picture but there are a lot of pictures and clicking through for each one is tedious: alternatively here's a saved copy (pdf).

Station re-build

Western Tower Reading Demolition YouTube

Terry's Reading walkabouts facebook page

Twinning - Dusseldorf Reading-Dusseldorf association - a voluntary organisation devoted to promoting and developing friendship between the peoples of Reading and Düsseldorf in Germany.

Beer bricks & bulbs

buildings - Waterhouse, Elgar Rd

Jackson's - closure, mannequins, Rafael Gough's staff video interviews

Holy Brook: Mark O'Neill's photographs (Mark's website)


Kensington St angel of death

Woodley airfield - Polish airmen

University TOBs - wartime hospital? - Douglas Bader?

Reading Street Names: Abattoirs Road to Zinzan Street book by Adam Sowan, the late Peter Hay and Sally Castle; Two Rivers Press

Old Maps: the British Library has a collection of Fire Insurance Maps of Reading