Reading Then & Now

Stuart Hylton, (The History Press, 2011) A4, Hardback, 95pp,

This book is part of the series Britain in Old Photographs, the text written by Stuart Hylton is accompanied by old pictures of the town and the present day scenes photographed by his son Michael. It shows and compares in photographs the many changes to the town since the early days of photography and includes the town centre, Caversham, Shinfield Road, Cemetery Junction and Wokingham Road. Reading was one of the first towns to be photographed in the 1840s by William Henry Fox-Talbot who set up his workshop here. While the layout of the streets remains almost the same, the buildings have changed beyond recognition in some cases, with some old building lost forever. Some of those that survive are now used for very different purposes. The photographs depict the change in the Reading’s prosperity and captures its many changing faces.

Mary Smith 

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