Caversham Court Gardens: A Heritage Guide
Caversham Court Gardens: A Heritage Guide, written by the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens, has now been published by Two Rivers Press. The gardens, one of the hidden gems among Reading's parks and open spaces, were restored with Heritage Lottery Funding in 2008-9. The richly illustrated guide covers the history of the houses that stood on the site, the families who lived there and the development of the gardens through the ages.
The guide is the final part of the Caversham 100 Years On project, launched in 2011 to celebrate the local heritage. The project, spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Caversham, the Caversham and District Residents Association and the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens, with support from Reading Borough Council, was awarded a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Caversham Court Gardens: A Heritage Guide, priced at £5, is available at Friends’ events in the gardens, from the Tea Kiosk, Fourbears Bookshop, Prospect Street, Caversham, Reading Museum shop, and from Two Rivers Press (http://tworiverspress.com).
The Tree Trail
The Friends of Caversham Court Gardens have updated the Tree Trail, taking visitors round the gardens and describing the fine specimen trees. The pdf below can be opened in a new window:
Magna Carta and William Marshal, lord of Caversham manor
William Marshal, Lord of the manor of Caversham and Regent for the young Henry III, played a significant role in the sealing of Magna Carta. This was celebrated with a special exhibition in Caversham Court Gardens in the summer of 2015 - the 800th anniversary of the events at Runnymede. The text of the exhibition, devised by the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens, is available below: