Wokingham Things to Do

  • The Old Town Hall in Wokingham
    The Old Town Hall in Wokingham
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  • The Lucas Hospital Almshouses
    The Lucas Hospital Almshouses
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  • Pedestrain Bridge and Signal Box
    Pedestrain Bridge and Signal Box
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    The Terrace and the Queens Head

    by easyoar Written Oct 9, 2004

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    The Terrace and the Queens Head

    The Terrace is a row of old houses that are elevated from the road and bordered from the street by a small lawn and some railings. The Queens Head Public House can be found in the middle of the Terrace.

    The Terrace is a well known view of Wokingham as it appears in many old paintings and drawings of Wokingham from olden times.

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    The Lucas Hospital (almshouses)

    by easyoar Updated Oct 4, 2004

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    The Lucas Hospital Almshouses

    The Lucas Hospital is the only Grade 1 listed building in Wokingham, and is a bit of a secret even to a lot of the locals. These almshouses were started in 1663 and completed in 1666 after Henry Lucas left money to build them. They were built to provide shelter for the poor in the Wokingham area.

    Being Grade 1 listed, planning permission is required to make almost any change at all. In Oct 2004, a planning permission sign was displayed outside requesting permission to change the floorboards inside. Most of the windows and fittings and fixtures inside are original, and the building is very impressive.

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    Old Victorian Horse Water Trough

    by easyoar Written Oct 3, 2004

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    Horse Watering Trough

    Wokingham is littered with old bits of history, and one of the more unusual curios is an old horse watering trough. It has a stylised fish built into it. As there is little demand for watering horses these days, it is usually used as a planter for flowers and bulbs. It dates back to 1881 and is alongside the Old Town Hall (see relevant tip). Just behind it can be seen an acorn design. The acorn is an emblem of Wokingham - from the days when Wokingham was known as Oakingham.

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    Old Town Hall - Wokingham

    by easyoar Updated Oct 3, 2004

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    The Old Town Hall in Wokingham

    A lovely redbrick Victorian building (also known as the Market Hall) in the centre of Wokingham and is probably the best well known of all of Wokinghams buildings. It dates from 1858.

    It is possible to get married in this building (should you wish to!), see the web page: http://www.hitched.co.uk/indexserver/ven3423.asp

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    Pedestrian Bridge and Signal Box at Station

    by easyoar Written Oct 3, 2004

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    Pedestrain Bridge and Signal Box

    Wokingham's Railway Station is little more than a glorified portacabin, and not worth a second glance.

    However just by the level crossing alongside the station are two old railway gems.

    The first is the pedestrian footbridge, which is a little rickety, but is a homemade mecano kit consisting of railway line and sleepers. These days it has some added mesh to make it safer for children waving to the trains, but to my knowledge it is absolutely unique!

    The second is the old signal box. If you climb the footbridge you can look inside and see the old levers that the signal man used to pull to move the points on the railway line (just outside of the station, the Reading Gatwick and Reading Waterloo lines split in two). I don't think it is used these days, but appears to be preserved just as a momento to days gone by.

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