East End slum Street 1912 ~ The Whitechapel district of London at the end of the nineteenth century was generally regarded as being a ‘horrible black labyrinth, reeking from end to end and swarming with human vermin, whose trade is robbery and whose recreation is murder’.

East End slum Street 1912 ~ The Whitechapel district of London at the end of the nineteenth century was generally regarded as being a ‘horrible black labyrinth, reeking from end to end and swarming with human vermin, whose trade is robbery and whose recre

Jacksons Boot and Shoe Department, 1925, Purchased in 1877 as Edward Jackson's family home. It was rebuilt in 1902 as the Jacksons shoe department.

Jacksons Boot and Shoe Department, Purchased in 1877 as Edward Jackson's family home. It was rebuilt in 1902 as the Jacksons shoe department.

Reading Town Hall Square after the 10 February, 1943 from a single German Plane in WWII

In pictures: 1943 Reading bombing

Reading Town Hall Square after the 10 February, 1943 bombing, knowing a place and seeing what it was like when it was bombed is still quite shocking READING 1943 from a single German Plane in WWII

Cross Street, Reading, looking southwards to Broad Street, 1887. On the right, at No. 21, William Fossett, tripe dresser. Nos. 22 and 23 appear to be empty, and No. 24, formerly D. A. Sims, antiques dealer, is boarded up. On the right, a hoarding advertises Gamlen Brothers, hatters, and Gunn, the bill poster. On the south side of Broad Street, part of Nos. 116-117, is the Angel Brewery and Brewery Tap of Ferguson and Sons. 1880-1889 : Reading Borough Libraries

Cross Street, Reading, looking southwards to Broad Street, 1887. On the right, at No. 21, William Fossett, tripe dresser. Nos. 22 and 23 appear to be empty, and No. 24, formerly D. A. Sims, antiques dealer, is boarded up. On the right, a hoarding advertises Gamlen Brothers, hatters, and Gunn, the bill poster. On the south side of Broad Street, part of Nos. 116-117, is the Angel Brewery and Brewery Tap of Ferguson and Sons. 1880-1889 : Reading Borough Libraries

Broad Street, Reading

Postcards of the Past - Vintage Postcards of Reading, Berkshire

Reading, Broad Street

Postcards of the Past - Vintage Postcards of Reading, Berkshire

Market Place, Reading, looking northwards to St. Laurence's Church, c. 1875. On the west side, the entrance to the Corn Exchange with clock above; Nos. 34 and 33 (Salmon and Son, tea and coffee merchants); No. 32; Nos. 31 and 30; No. 29 (Arthur S. Cooper, wine and spirit merchant).

Market Place, Reading, looking northwards to St. Laurence's Church, c. 1875. On the west side, the entrance to the Corn Exchange with clock above; Nos. 34 and 33 (Salmon and Son, tea and coffee merchants); No. 32; Nos. 31 and 30; No. 29 (Arthur S. Cooper, wine and spirit merchant).

Many will remember this building on the corner of Broad Street and Chain Street as the men’s outfitters Silver’s which stood on the site for over 70 years. Others will know it as Country Casuals and, now, Cath Kidson. But it started life as the Post Office Tavern, taking its name from Reading’s first GPO on the opposite corner. In 1900, illicit gambling caused the pub’s closure and it re-opened as Poynders Post Office Bookshop and Library until 1919 when Silver’s took it over.

Many will remember this building on the corner of Broad Street and Chain Street as the men’s outfitters Silver’s which stood on the site for over 70 years. Others will know it as Country Casuals and, now, Cath Kidson. But it started life as the Post Office Tavern, taking its name from Reading’s first GPO on the opposite corner. In 1900, illicit gambling caused the pub’s closure and it re-opened as Poynders Post Office Bookshop and Library until 1919 when Silver’s took it over.

Women's Clothing at Jacksons, 1900-1910, Women's blouses, underskirts, coats and skirts at Jacksons, all of which were tailor-made

Womens Clothing at Jacksons, Womens blouses, underskirts, coats and skirts at Jacksons, all of which were tailor-made

Hat Collection at Jacksons, 1900 - 1910

Hat Collection at Jacksons, 1900 - 1910


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