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Di Rayburn – Coley

Chimney Afire! Mrs Turner who lived opposite us in Wolseley Street, and gave piano lessons, used to have the most spectacular chimney fires. The belching black and grey smoke with orange and yellow sparks shooting up into the sky always … Continue reading

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Jo Parsons – Southcote

Hi John – this map of old Southcote may be of interest.  This was before The Happy Prospect pub was built and before the flats on Bath Road.  It includes Bucknells Farm and Southcote Manor.

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Rachel Chadwick (Chard) – Coley

Hi John. It’s a small world sometimes. My maternal Grandad is Patrick Davis- usually known as Paddy. He’s listed on your website as one of the pupils of St James’ School. He is still well and living in Reading! I … Continue reading

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I get many emails addressed just to me which I believe would be of interest to many others so I will post them up on this page for all to see. I will exercise discretion on what is posted and … Continue reading

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