One hundred years of shopping in Reading

Jacksons, Langstons and Tuttys are familiar shop names to people in Reading. But do you remember Hawkes Ironmongers or Cook’s Dairy and Farm Equipment? 

This talk will take us on a virtual walk round the town centre and look at shops from the 19th century to the present day, and how shopping has changed over the years. Some of these shops were unique to Reading, others house-hold names. 

This talk is the second of three in the Summer Potpourri online talks series. Book all three talks in the series for £12.50 (members £10).   

Pre-booking is required, because the event link will be sent in advance.                             

To join this talk, you will need a computer device with speakers. Ideally, also a webcam and microphone. You also need to be able to access the internet from it. First-time users of Zoom, will be asked to download a small piece of software, which will be sent in advance. 

To book – scroll down.


  • Ann Smith
    Ann Smith

    Ann graduated from Bristol University and worked for 20 years in Reading Central Library where she became interested in local history. She is a committee member of Berkshire Local History Association.

    She has recently edited and published a
    book on The History of Woodley written by members of the local U3A.

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