THE April meeting at Badgemore Golf Club welcomed a large group of members and four guests to hear a very interesting talk on Caversham Court Gardens from its beginnings to the present day.
The audience were told the history of the site from the time of the medieval community of Caversham.
St Peter’s Church, the 12th century rectory and a considerable amount of land were donated by the 2nd Earl of Buckingham to the Augustinian abbey of Notley where a small monastic cell was erected.
After the dissolution of the monasteries, these lands were given to Christ Church College, Oxford.
Over the next four centuries, the old rectory, which became known as Caversham Court, was occupied by some of the most influential families in the Reading area who improved the site.