Caversham Park – 930 Years at the Centre of History

From Doomsday Book to listening in for doomsday

First recorded in the Doomsday Book, Caversham Park has played a surprisingly central role in English, British and international history for nearly a millennium.

It was the seat of the so-called ‘best knight whoever lived’. The Manor of Caversham was embroiled in the Reformation. It was owned by cousins of Elizabeth I – who not only gave their name to current streets in Reading – but guarded Mary, Queen of Scots. Caversham Park both entertained the first two Stuart Kings and became a prison for Charles I. Learn about its role in the Glorious Revolution, the War of Spanish Succession, and its connections to the American War of Independence.

The estate became a refuge in the First World War. It was taken over by the BBC during the Second. Hear how it became a centre for intelligence throughout the Second World War, the Cold War and the ‘War on Terror’.

Find out more in this fascinating talk. 

This is the final of three talks in the Houses and Estates Talks Series. The other talks take place on 11th April and 9th May. You may book tickets for individual events or for all three talks in the series for a reduced price.  

After the talk, tea/coffee and cake will be available (included in the price). Pre-booking is preferred, but you can pay on the door, if there are spaces available.  

To book, scroll down.

Image: W. and J. Walker, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

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Thu 13 Jun


14:00 - 15:30




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


The Centre - Berkshire FHS


  • Dr Stephen Goss
    Dr Stephen Goss

    Dr Stephen Goss is a published historian and researcher who has been a popular speaker in local historical societies and community groups for a decade. He is also an award-winning local tour guide and the ward councillor for Emmer Green.