Thursday, 27 August 2015

Heading for the cattle market

Hello, thanks so much for calling in.

Before we explore a bit more, it's definitely time for a cuppa.  Put your feet up and relax as I stop off at Carluccios for one of their delicious hot chocolates.

Yum. That's better. Suitably refreshed, of we go continuing our mooch through Reading.

Taking a short cut through St Lawrence's churchyard, I noticed this memorial to Henry West who sadly lost his life due to a whirlwind on Reading Station - eek I would be heading there later on.  The twenty- four year old  had been working on a roof when the whirlwind struck carrying him and the roof section 200ft away to his death.

There is a brass plaque at the station.

Pressing on through the shopping streets, this building caught my eye.  Reading is famous for it's Huntley & Palmers biscuits factory, set up by two Quaker families in 1822. The company was 'The Most Famous Biscuit Company in the World'.  This particular building was called the Palmer Memorial Hall after William Isaac Palmer who set up a temperance society to get their workers not to drink. The company looked after its employees' welfare even setting up a sick fund to pay them when they were ill which other companies didn't do in those days. Eventually Huntley & Palmers opened a large factory in Reading employing over 5,000 people.  Production moved to Liverpool in 1976 but Reading Museum still has a large collection of their decorative tins.

Turning away from the shops and heading along the busy main road to Caversham, Great Knollys Street is where we are heading.  The name is a reminder of Sir Francis Knollys, Queen Elizabeth I's Treasurer of the Royal Household, whose daughter Lettice married Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester the Queen's favourite. The family lived in Reading.

Walking further down the road, a house with a cow mural springs into view!  This is where the old cattle market used to be.  Nowadays they hold car auctions there, no cows were available to comment.

Time for another breather before we hit the river.

See you tomorrow for the next instalment.

Thanks for reading.



  1. This is a great tour you're taking us on. I think I have an old Huntley and Palmer biscuit tin. Have a lovely day.

    1. They get everywhere! Glad you enjoyed it. :-)

  2. I am really enjoying your tour of Reading! xx