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The History of Reading Gaol

The History of Reading Gaol

Price: £5.00


with Mark Stevens, County Archivist, and Berkshire Family History Society Vice-President

Thursday 24th October 2.00–4.00 pm

Second of five talks in the ‘Institutions’ series

Mark Stevens explores the history of the prison from the Georgian period until its first closure in 1920. Find out about the separate system of ‘hard labour, hard board and hard fare’ that characterised the Victorian regime; before hearing about Oscar Wilde, some of the prison's executions and Reading’s little-known role in the Easter Rising.

includes tea or coffee and cake

Venue: Berkshire Family History Society
The Centre for Heritage and Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library
Abbey Square
Reading
Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

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with Ann Smith

Jacksons, Langstons and Tuttys are familiar shop names to people in Reading. But do you remember Hawkes Ironmongers or Cook's Dairy and Farm Equipment? This talk will look at shops from the 19th century to the present day, and how shopping has changed over the years.

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