The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Wilshire, Dorsetshire, Hampshire, Sussex, and Kent in the Summer of 1832

Englefield House

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Aug. 7. In proceeding along the Newbury road to Englefield House, we observed, on the left, the circular reservoir of cast iron, which supplies great part of the town of Reading with water. It is about 50 ft. in diameter, and about 12 ft. high (we speak from a casual view), and is placed on a base of brickwork about 3 ft. high. If the latter had been higher and more architectural, and if the upper part of the cast-iron rim had been also architectural, and the surrounding fences removed, so as to leave this structure in an open area, it would have formed a noble public ornament.