- Which King died from eating too many fish and was buried in Reading?
- When did Reading last experience a fatal whirlwind?
- And where might you find Queen Victoria’s finger?
The answers to these and many other questions are waiting to be discovered and the clues are all around, on buildings, statues and street signs. Follow our walking trails (four different routes) to find out for yourself who lived in and visited Reading and what they got up to. Use the extra information we’ve provided with the answers to reconstruct the past and uncover Reading’s hidden history.
Aimed at children aged approx. 8 -13, but read what one customer had to say:
Grandson and I did 1-18 of route 2 after collecting the book from the museum. Rained off; the pages became too wet to write on! We resumed the trail the next day and completed it. He really enjoyed doing this activity. My husband now wants to buy a copy for us so that we can explore Reading together! A highly recommended book.
NB: Note from the Publisher 1/11/2015:
Public sculptures are supposed to stay where they are put, but two of Reading’s that feature in this book have been on the move since we published it. The Spanish Civil War memorial (pages 16 and 110, trail 1, question 7) has migrated from the old Civic Centre to the east end of the Forbury Gardens, near King Henry’s cross (see page 65). And Adam, Libby and Karen (pages 41 and 124, trail 2, question 7) have danced away to who knows where; we hope they will reappear somewhere soon.
About the author: Kerry Renshaw grew up in London and studied history at Oxford. He has taught history for many years at different levels, in England and abroad. The idea for this book comes from his fond memories of the News Chronicle I-Spy series, especially “I-spy the sights of London”, which showed him as a child how much hidden history is to be found on the streets of our towns and cities.
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