Across the river Kennet from the brewery site, close to the current location of the Brewery Information Board, stood a concrete water tower until soon after 1900. This is it:

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These 11 stunning images were taken by Reading Photographers Dann & Lewis from the top of that tower between 1895 and 1902. They form an early ‘360 Panorama’ of Reading and include excellent details of the Brewery buildings as they then appeared with glimpses into the domestic lives of the locals. The original glass slides are now in the MERL collection and featured in an exhibition called ‘A Circle and a Century’. Click for more information.

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