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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Forbury Garden and Reading City Centre

The Chestnut Walk also known as the Oscar Wilde Memorial Walk was commissioned by the Reading Borough Council in the year 2000 from the artist Bruce Williams to commemorate the life and work of Oscar Wilde on the centenary of his death.



Forbury Gardens


The Forbury gardens are located between the town centre and the ruins of the 11th century Abbey, not far from Reading Station. It is said that the Vikings camped here in 870 as a base for raids. And in 979 a Saxon Community settled here. The gardens have many outstanding trees, including an old mulberry, a tulip tree, a handkerchief tree, and a lime avenue.









Forbury Gardens is home to the famous Maiwand Lion statue. The lion monument records the names and commemorates the valour of officers of the Berkshire regiment who lost their lives during the Afghan campaign.




The St James Catholic Church is located adjacent to the ruins of Reading Abbey, between the Forbury Gardens and Reading Gaol(prison).



Some pictures of the Reading City Centre




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