Updated 21 December 2022

Watlington House is Reading’s oldest occupied Building in the heart of Reading .  On this website you will be able to find out about the current uses of the house, how to hire the Garden Hall, the History of the house, the Garden Restoration (along with a virtual tour of the garden commissioned in June 2020) and our support to the 2020 NGS fundraising work to support the NHS.

Works to the front of the house May 2020 to October 2021

We commissioned improvement work to the front garden in May 2020.  Inevitably delayed by the impact of the pandemic on the supply of materials and our builder’s worforce it was not complete until September 2021  We were supported by the Earley Charity who gave a grant of £19,000 as part of their Bi Centenary celebrations.  It has made a significant improvement to the presence of the building as it stands on Watlington Street.

We still have to decide what type of barrier to erect to guard the two vehicle entrances. 

The presentation of the Cheque for £19K by trustees of the Earley Charity (Deborah Jenkins and David Sutton) to the Chairman of the WH Trust Canon Brian Shenton with the  then Mayor of Reading Cllr, David Stevens, and the High Sheriff of Berkshire , Willie Hartley Russell MVO DL.