More than Biscuits, Beer and Bulbs – Reading’s Other Industries

1920’s  Huntley, Boorne & Stevens Ltd – Tin Works

While Reading is rightly renowned for its baking, brewing and seed businesses, the town had many lesser-known industries that brought with them prosperity and just as importantly jobs for the wider population. 

In a time when most companies were privately owned, we will explore a number of these companies and the people who owned them covering industries such as printing, ironworking and brickmaking; names like Cox and Wyman, Katesgrove Foundry and Poulton’s Waterloo Kiln Brickworks.

This talk is free to members of Berkshire Family History Society and we request a donation of £5 from non-members. 

Branch library available to members to borrow books.  Refreshments available.  Car park outside the hall.


Fri 16 Jun


Doors open at 2.15pm for start of meeting at 2.45pm
14:15 - 17:00
Bracknell Branch


Bracknell Branch
The New Priestwood Community Centre, Priestwood Court Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG42 1TU


Bracknell Branch - Berkshire FHS


  • Jo Alexander Jones
    Jo Alexander Jones

    Jo spent over 30 years in the oil and gas industry, working in the UK and overseas.

    Now retired, she has time to indulge her passion for local history and especially our industrial heritage. She is active with the Berkshire Industrial Archaeology Group, The History of Reading Society and is secretary of the Berkshire Local History Association. She has also spent many years tracing her family tree, having caught the bug from her father.