Caversham Court and its History

The land known today as Caversham Court Gardens has a long recorded history dating back to the 12th Century. The first house on this land was for the priest of St Peter’s Church. Subsequent houses on the site provided homes for some prominent people including the Alexander/Milward family in the 16th century, the Lovedays in the 17th and 18th centuries, and the Reading banking and brewing Simonds family throughout the 19th century.

No house remains today, but Dr John Evans will talk about the research which aids our understanding of these families, their homes, and how they developed their gardens. He will also show how that information is presented for visitors to the gardens following a major restoration project ten years ago.

This is the third in a series of five talks on the theme of “A Potpourri of History”. The other talks take place on: 9th January, 23rd January, 20th February and 4th March. You may purchase tickets for individual events or for all five talks in the series for the reduced price of four.

The ticket price includes tea/coffee and cake after the talk. Advance booking is recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability). 

Attendees may also be interested in joining a guided tour of Caversham Court Gardens which the society has organised on 23rd June 2020. Tickets for this tour will be advertised separately.

Image – copyright to Rose and Trev Clough (cc-by-sa/2.0)

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Non-members £5

For non-members including members' guests

Available Tickets: 13
The Non-members ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Members £4

For members of Berkshire Family History Society

Available Tickets: 13
The Members ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


06 Feb 2020


14:00 - 16:00


The Centre for Heritage & Family History


The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ


  • Dr John Evans
    Dr John Evans

    Hailing from mid-Wales, John spent his working life in agriculture advising farmers on plant diseases and their control, and more recently, working for Government in Westminster on farming policy and running their agricultural laboratories. He has been a volunteer at Caversham Court Gardens for the last six years having moved to Caversham from South Wales where he was active in Britain in Bloom. He has a great interest in the history of the gardens and of the families who lived in the houses there.

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