Saturday, 18 November 2017

History of gardens

A BOOK has been published illustrating the history of a public park in Caversham.

A BOOK has been published illustrating the history of a public park in Caversham.

Caversham Court Gardens: A Heritage Guide tells the story behind the estate, including the houses that stood on the site, the families who lived there and the development of the gardens through the ages.

The guide was written by members of the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens group, which assists Reading Borough Council in encouraging public interest and involvement, as part of the Caversham 100 Years On project.

The scheme was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to raise awareness of and celebrate the history of Caversham which joined the borough of Reading in 2011.

Two years previously, the gardens were restored using the same funding.

The book, which costs £5, is available from Wordplay in Prospect Street, Caversham, and from publisher Two Rivers Press at www.tworiverspress.com

It will also be on sale at the Friends group’s annual general meeting on February 20, which will be held at Reading Canoe Club at 7.30pm.

The speaker at the event will be Dr Sarah Whittingham, author of Fern Fever: The Story of Pteridomania, and she will talk about the Victorian craze for ferns.



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THE history of a visitor attraction in Caversham is told in a new book.

Caversham Court Gardens: A Heritage Guide recalls the houses that stood on the site, the families who lived there and the development of the gardens.

The guide was written by members of the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens as part of the Caversham 100 Years On project to mark the centenary of the area joining with Reading. 1n 2009, the gardens were restored with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The book, which costs £5, is available from Wordplay in Prospect Street, Caversham, and will also be on sale at the Friends’ annual meeting at Reading Canoe Club on February 20, at 7.30pm.

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