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      Bricks and Water (a tale of two Conservation Areas and Clean Water) in Reading

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      September 22, 2019

      Sunday  10:00 AM

      21 Baker Street
      Reading, Berkshire

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      Bricks and Water (a tale of two Conservation Areas and Clean Water)

      We invite you to join us on this walk for Heritage Open Days 2019. On Friday 20 September and Sunday 22nd September.  They are led by Richard Bennett (Chair Reading Civic Society) & Terry Dixon (Terry's Reading Walkabouts).  It will cover two Conservation Areas (Russell Street & Castle Hill CA and the Downshire Square CA) and we will also go out along the Bath Road to the site of the former Bath Road Reservoir.  Our time in the large, &  varied, Russell Street / Castle Hill CA will focus on the area to the north of Baker Street, we do not have time to cover the area from Baker Street down to Oxford Road. We will  draw on a booklet about the area, and its buildings, commissioned by BSANA, copies of which will be given to participants. The Downshire Square Conservation Area is by contrast small, tight and totally residential.  It certainly has its fascinating features and challenges. The site of the former Bath Road reservoir is now a housing estate.  We will take you through the site to the back to see some of the historic houses you may not have previously seen. We will explain how the area has developed since the early 1820s and tell you about the people who have lived here and influenced the area.   As well as the important heritage and positive features of the area we will show you some of the negative features and the challenges the areas faces. Whilst there is no charge for this walk we do ask for a minumum donation of £5 per head adults and £2 children.  This will go towards Terry Dixon's Charities; Age UK Berkshire and Action for Children.   FAQs Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? No ID requirement,. No maximum age but it is a fairly fast paced walking tour and to get the best out of it the group must keep together to be able to hear the guide.   Suitability for Children:  Unless children have a specific interest in history / the area in which they live, the tour is generally not felt to be appropriate for them. If they interested wonderful. What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event? WALK.  On Fridays there is very limited public parking around our starting point The Oasis.  On Sunday more of the limited time parking areas are free but beware the Parking Wardens work on a Sunday, you have been warned.    What can I bring into the event? Sensible footware and in interest in the challenges Conseration Areas, and other historic areas, face.   How can I contact the organiser with any questions?  Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Yes please we will check people off on our list.   Can I update my registration information? Yes.  If you find you are not able to come please do amend your booking as it will free up a space for someone else.  Other Information We are limited to 18 people for Health and Safety reasons and also to ensure people can hear the guide.   Start time.  We will start off at 10 am promptly so please arrive by around 9:50.  

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