History of Reading Society, April 2018

On April 18th I was honoured to speak about ‘The Simonds Family of Reading’ with a focus on our geographically diverse origins and the ‘Adventurers and Entrepreneurs’ who helped to set up and lead H&G Simonds Ltd as well as other businesses.  If you face a long boring evening and would like to see the full presentation with speakers notes and including a few slides not shown on the evening through time constraints, then you can load it HERE:   read more…

New pub images loaded!

There are about 65 more pub images to browse from today kindly contributed by John Berry. Many have not been identified – so please do have a look and see if you can help with this?

Simonds Family Reunion

What A Wonderful Family Reunion!  It seems that a great time was had by all our guests. We have a huge selection of images & videos for you to enjoy and share.  Click HERE for more.

Major new archive added!

We have just loaded a huge new collection of images, generously made available from the H&G Simonds archives by Heineken UK Ltd. There are 250 images of ‘Brewery People’ and many more images of pubs, hotels and even the Coopers in action! There are also some fabulous and unique images of Reading dated about 1899, now on the ‘timeline’. ENJOY!

HAPPY CHRISTMAS 2017

TO ALL MY SITE VISITORS

And thanks for the many and varied contributions through 2017

BBC Radio Berkshire – Simonds & Son Drama – live

We were invited to the exciting Loddon Brewery today by David & Vanessa Hearn, where the BBC conducted interviews and broadcast their dramatisation of the early years of the Simonds story. Listen to the broadcast and see more here:- read more…

Hop Leaf News – Issues now on-line

The Hop Leaf News was published just 13 times quarterly from Winter 1954 – Winter 1961 and following requests from staff for greater coverage than was then provided by the Hop Leaf Gazette. These are now available on-line HERE:   Where they provide a great Social History resource from the period. I have posted all we have – just 5 missing! So please help to find them!

BBC WW1 At Home – Interview

BBC Berkshire produced a series of programs to commemorate WW1  ‘World War One at Home,’ one of which features the recollections of David Simonds. You can listen to him HERE’.

Pub Estate – updated

Following some useful contributions from visitors to the site, I have been able to add more images of old Simonds pubs as well as to identify many of those with missing names or places.  Please keep up the good work and send me any pub images or data you may have!  The updated page is HERE.

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to all those who have contributed their time, personal archives and enthusiasm to this project.  Without you this site would have nothing like the scope you now find.  I have finally managed to write some acknowledgements and posted them – you can find them in the ‘With thanks to’ tab in the footer.