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Caption for Tilehurst, Parish Church Of St Michael C1955: St Michael's has a south aisle dating back to the early 14th century, its windows with Y and intersecting tracery, but the brick tower with clasping buttresses is 1737. The remainder of the building is 1856, designed by Street, including the rather wild spire with enlarged pinnacles, flying buttresses and very large lucarnes. Although not especially attractive either inside or out, the church has stained glass on the south and east in the chancel, and in the south aisle east window there is a Virgin and large angels on a patterned deep blue ground. The windows date from 1856. Sir Peter Valore, a merchant of Utrecht, has an alabaster monument of two recumbent effigies praying, with children below and in front left and right. The back arch has strap work and trophies.

Memories of Tilehurst

Having born at 49 Recreation Road, Tilehurst while attending Norcot Primary School and remember Petry Stores very well, as a child my brother's Anthony & Melcombe and myself were asked many times from our parents (Kenneth and Betty) to go and collect some broken biscuits from the store. As for Simon we both (...Read full memory)

Just out of the picture to the right, was the Post Office run by the lovely Miss Townsend. With hair buns on her ears, she was all smiles when you deposited money into your Post Office savings account, but if you asked for a withdrawal, you had a lecture on the national economy!

I was born in Theale but my parents moved to Tilehurst when I was 3 years of age where we lived at 16a Norcot Road with my grandparents Edith and Harold Goddard and other siblings to my mother Audrey Parsons, my father was Bill. I attended Park Lane School from age 5 to 11 years when the Headmistress was Miss (...Read full memory)

Hazel, was no 16a above a bank? Because in 1948 I'm sure there was a family called Bibbins living there. Maybe this was before or after you were there.

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