Caversham Court Gardens Tour
Join us for a walking tour of Caversham Court Gardens with expert guides from the Friends of Caversham Court. Rescheduled from 23rd June.
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, provided homes for some of the area’s most prominent people. These include 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. However, you will be able to see where the last house once stood and see how the families who lived there developed their gardens. The latter are now fully restored, following a substantial development project. Special features include the gazebo, believed to date from the 1660s, and the centuries-old yew hedge planted by the Loveday family.
Afterwards, why not stay on to enjoy the relaxing setting. The tea kiosk offers some wonderful refreshments (not included within the ticket price).
The meet point will be in the gardens (RG4 7AD), located on Church Road, about 300 metres from Caversham Bridge. The main entrance is between St Peter’s Church and The Griffin pub. The meet time and exact place will be emailed to those booked to attend, approximately one week beforehand.
Parking is limited nearby – your best bet is on The Warren. There is disabled parking at the main gates in Church Road. Caversham Court is accessible to wheelchairs and has disabled toilets. There is a bike rack inside the main gates. Buses 22, 24, X39/X40 all stop on Bridge Street near Caversham Bridge, a short distance away.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome but on a lead, please.
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