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Caversham Road: shaped by Victorian aesthetics and innovation

Heritage Open Days 2020

17 & 18 Sep 2021, 11:00

This September, Reading’s heritage will be on show for 10 days as part of England’s annual heritage festival, Heritage Open Days. Celebrating our buildings, natural and cultural heritage, this year there will be a fantastic range of free in-person and digital events to showcase the rich stories that make Reading such a unique place to live, work and visit.

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A guided walk around a Victorian townscape that still has many traces of its rich industrial past as well as plenty of original architectural features. Come and see an area where department store and brick magnates left their mark and the bicycles for the British Army's first cycling regiment were made.  

The walk will be on level ground and will last about 60 minutes. Booking essential.

This walk is organised by the Bell Tower Community Association, which represents local residents and runs local events - the association is itself named after the distinctive tower on the area's school.

Can't make it? Take a virtual walk instead!