In its heyday about 1955, there was an estate of 36 hotels and 8 restaurants, widely spread across Southern England.  Many remain independent hotels today. This Guide Book gives a delightful insight into the styles of the post-war era.  Download HERE.

Here is the summary of the Hotel & Restaurant estate, from the Director’s Report of 1954 Download HERE.

The Reading flagship was The Ship Hotel, on Duke Street, that first opened as a hotel in the late 18th Century and is still trading as a ‘Quality Hotel’ in 2016.


1950 The Ship Hotel Reading