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« on: August 13, 2019, 10:21:35 am »

Any guesses as to where I have been this morning?






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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2019, 11:01:37 am »

Interesting clues and before I commit any further, a qualifier if I may? Somerset somewhere?
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2019, 12:24:32 pm »

Not Somerset I'm afraid, but within GWR land
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2019, 05:53:13 pm »

I might have a chance for once.

The last picture is part of the line in what used to be the old Courage Brewery, new a housing area. I cycled over it this afternoon.

The first two are the Coley Goods branch that ran from Southcote Junction round to the Coal Yard and the brewery. I normally cycle down it once a year. The track comes out at the Matalan car park, and the new (relatively) relief road follows the track of the old railway to the Inner Distribution Road.
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2019, 06:05:06 pm »

Well done CyclingSid, you are absolutely spot on, the first picture being as the former line crosses the Holybrook
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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2019, 06:33:49 pm »

I thought that was probably the Holy Brook, sometimes known as the Holly Brook.

The Holy Brook was the Reading Abbey mill stream. Intriguing to follow, starts near Theale (separates from the Kennet). Runs either side of the railway about Southcote. In Reading from about the old Brewery it is largely underground until it rejoins the Kennet by the Abbey/Huntley and Palmers Cut. You can see it near Castle Street, by one of the entrances to the Oracle and either side of the Reading Central library.
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2019, 06:38:06 pm »

The last picture is part of the line in what used to be the old Courage Brewery, new a housing area. I cycled over it this afternoon.

It's more Simonds' brewery, with only the malthouse left and turned into flats. The Courage brewery - the one they built in the 70s - also known as the "Bright Beer Factory" - is now the Tesco warehouse/logistics centre by M4 J11.
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« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2019, 07:20:16 pm »

I've been in Reading long enough to remember it as the Courage Brewery in Bridge Street, but not long enough to know it as Simonds' Brewery. And the fizz factory at Worton Grange was nothing to remember.
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« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2019, 07:33:19 pm »

I've been in Reading long enough to remember it as the Courage Brewery in Bridge Street, but not long enough to know it as Simonds' Brewery. And the fizz factory at Worton Grange was nothing to remember.

Bridge Street was of course Simonds for a lot longer than it was Courage. The Simonds family have a web site about the businesses, with lots of pictures and maps.

(PS: some of those pictures give a striking impression of how heavily indistrial Reading was in 1900.)

Even the Worton Grange brewery had its uses ... at least after it closed. Some of my colleagues used it, while it was awaiting demolition, for trials into "radio propagation in a highly-cluttered indoor environment" (which it was).
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« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2019, 07:36:09 pm »

I remember as a child going into Reading on a Saturday.  Parking in the Yield Hall Lane car park (where the Oracle Shopping Centre now is) and being able to smell the brewery.  Must have got to my Dad too because we often stopped for a drink in the George before going home.
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