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Aldermaston Wharf: Canal Milestone (SU605672)

Kennet and Avon Canal milestone by Padworth Lock. (photo: Bob Haskins)

Aldermaston Wharf: Lift Bridge and Canal Cottages (SU601671)

Aldermaston Wharf Lift Bridge and former canal cottages. (photo: Bob Haskins)

Greenham Common: Control Tower (SU495645)

Before becoming an airfield this common land was used for troop movements during the English Civil War and also in later centuries. In WWII the British Army used it for training and then it was turned over to the US Air Force. In the 1980’s the site held nuclear missiles. It is now managed by the Greenham Common Trust and is open to the public. The Control Tower is one of the few remaining aircraft buildings. More of its history can be seen here. (photo: Jo Alexander-Jones)

Padworth: Ufton Lock (SU617686)

Ufton Lock is the only ungated lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal as a result of canal restoration work in the 1970’s when the up-stream Towney Lock was deepened. (photo: Bob Haskins)

Reading: Dowson's Malthouse (SU711740)

Known to many as Drews Ironmongery, this site was originally a malthouse built in the 1870’s and owned by Henry Pendlebury Dowson. In 1872 it supplied malt to H&G Simonds Brewery to supplement their own facilities. When malting stopped it was used by many companies, the most notable being ‘Smallbone’ who were motor engineers and their signage can still be seen as ghost lettering on the building’s side. Drews took over the site in 1977. Local listing is being sought for the buildings and site. (photo: Jo Alexander-Jones)

Reading: Huntley & Palmers Factory Social Club (SU723734)

Sole surviving building from Huntley & Palmers’ King’s Road biscuit factory. It was converted into the Factory Social Club in 1938, following the construction of the larger factory located next door on the King’s Road which made it’s role redundant and left it vacant. It is now private accommodation. (photo: Jo Alexander-Jones)

Reading: King's Meadow Baths (SU719739)

Former Reading King’s Meadow Open Air Ladies Baths of 1902. (photo: Bob Haskins)

Reading: Reading Bridge (SU718740)

Reading Bridge taking Caversham Road across the River Thames. The bridge was opened on 3rd October 1923. (photo: Bob Haskins)

Reading: H&G Simonds Brewery - Malthouse (SU713729)

The Malthouse is one of the few remaining buildings from the huge brewery complex of H&G Simonds in Reading. Said to date from the 1850’s this impressive building is now used as private accommodation. You can read more of the history of the Simonds brewery in this article from the Berkshire Archaeological Journal No 68 (1975). (photo: Jo Alexander-Jones)

Rotherfield Greys: Greys Court Horse Wheel (SU725833)

A restored example of animal-powered machinery now installed at the National Trust site of Greys Court (in the shop area). The horse wheel originally drove pumps which raised water from a deep well at Shabden Park, Chipstead. You can read more about the restoration by BIAG here. (photo: Jo Alexander-Jones)

Stoke Row: Maharajah's Well (SU679839)

This well was constructed in 1864 to provide water for the village of Stoke Row. However, it is most interesting from an IA perspective as one of the few remaining examples of the work of the Richard Wilder’s Iron Foundry at Wallingford, then a Berkshire town. You can read more about the Well here. (photo: Jo Alexander-Jones)

Theale: Garston Lock (SU655707)

This is one of only two remaining turf sided locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal. It’s a scheduled ancient monument. The other can be found at Monkey Marsh Lock in Thatcham. (photo: Bob Haskins)

Windsor: Windsor Bridge (SU967773)

A cast-iron three span bridge dating from 1823 on rusticated ashlar pointed cutwaters and ashlar abutments designed by Charles Hollis. The bridge is grade II listed. (photo: Bob Haskins)

Windsor: Windsor & Eton Riverside Station (SU964770)

The terminal station of the London & South Western Railway’s branch from Staines. It was designed by Sir William Tite and opened in 1851. It is a grade II listed building. (photo: Bob Haskins)

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