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Event: Industrial Reading – A History Tour (2nd running)


A 2 hour tour of many industrial sites in central Reading, ranging from medieval to twentieth-century. Part of the country-wide Heritage Open Days Events. No booking is needed, but for safety reasons they will be restricted to the first 20 people who arrive.  Meet at Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, RG1 1QH at 16.00.

Reading has gone down as the town of ‘The 3 Bs’, but this is a disservice to its rich industrial heritage. There was Beer, Biscuits and Bulbs but also Bricks, Boats/Barges, Bikes, Books and (Biscuit) Boxes. Reading came to fame through textiles – wool, ships’ sails, clothing, haberdashery. Engineering in many forms developed from iron castings – ploughs, steam and oil engines, industrial plant, and at least 3 companies made cars. The agricultural hinterland provided for flour, milk and other food products. Many printing firms existed from jobbing to paperback. Shop fitting extended to Cunard ship fitting. Sterilising chemicals included household names. So, not just ‘3 Bs’!

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