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The first written description of Caversham appeared in the Domesday Book in 1086 as Caueresham. The entry indicates that it was a sizable community with a considerable amount of land under cultivation. The name is thought to mean ‘homestead or enclosure of a man called Cafhere’.

Caversham became part of Reading on the 9th November, 1911, as prior to that it was in Oxfordshire.

Prior to 1106 a Shrine of Our Lady was established in Caversham. Its exact location is unknown, but it became a popular place of pilgrimage, along with the chapel of St. Anne and her holy well. On 17 July 1532 it was visited by Catherine of Aragon but was subsequently destroyed on 14 September 1538 during Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries. Only the well still survives near the top of Priest Hill today, dating back to medieval times, its waters were reputed to have healing properties, but unfortunately it is now dry.

Medieval Caversham was mainly on the north side of Caversham Bridge east of the 12th century church of St. Peter. Following the dissolution of the monasteries from 1536, these lands were given to Christchurch College, Oxford.

Caversham Park in the Middle Ages was known as Caversham Manor and was owned by William Marshal (1146 – 1219), Earl of Pembroke and protector and regent for the 9 year old King Henry III. He died at Caversham but is buried in Temple Church, London where you can still see his effigy.

In the 16th century, the manor house was bought by Queen Elizabeth I’s treasurer, Sir Francis Knollys he pulled down the existing manor and built a great mansion in its place. During the Civil War King Charles I it was held captive here, however, after the War it fell into disrepair and was eventually demolished. The present Caversham Park House was built in 1850 by the Crawshay family and was used as a convalescent home for wounded soldiers during the First World War. Today the building is occupied by BBC Monitoring.

To the east of the area you will find Caversham Lakes which were created by gravel extraction. This is the location of The Thames and Kennet Marina as well as the Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake. The lakes are used for a number of recreational activities such as sailing and waterskiing.

There are 13 churches in the Caversham area as well as 37 listed buildings.


Caversham Nursery School
82 Gosbrook Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8BH
Tel:  0118 9015429

Caversham Park Primary School
Queensway, Caversham Park Village, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 6RP
Tel:  0118 9015433

Caversham Primary School
Hemdean Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 7RA
Tel: 0118 901 5454

Micklands Primary School
Micklands Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 6LU
Tel:  0118 9015500

St Anne’s Catholic Primary School
Washington Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 5AA
Tel.  0118 9015537

St Martin’s Catholic Primary School,
Penndennis Avenue, Caversham Park Village, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 6SS
Tel: 0118 9015544

Thameside Primary School
Harley Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8DB
Tel: 0118 901 5551

The Hill Primary School
Peppard Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8TU
Tel:  0118 901 5560


Hemdean House School
Hemdean Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 7SD
Tel: 0118 947 2590

Queen Anne’s School
6 Henley Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 6DX
Tel:  0118 918 7300


Post Office
Day Lewis Pharmacy
30 Church Street, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 8AU
Opening hours
Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.30pm
Saturday 9.00am – 12.30pm

Caversham Library
Church Street
Tel: 01189 015103

Reading Borough Council
Civic Centre
Tel: 01189 373737


Albert Road Recreation Ground – Albert Road, Caversham Heights, Reading RG4 7PR

Amersham Road (east end) – Amersham Road, Lower Caversham, RG4 5BQ

Amersham Road Play Area – Amersham Road, Lower Caversham, RG4 5DP

Balmore Walk – Peppard Road, Caversham, RG4 8BY

Beechwood (Hemdean Woods) – Morlais, Caversham, RG4 7QA

Caleta Close Play Area – Caleta Close, Lower Caversham, Reading, RG4 5BW

Caversham Court – Church Road, Caversham, RG4 7AD

Chiltern Road Recreation Area – Valentine Close, Caversham Park, Reading, RG4 5JJ

Christchurch Meadows – George Street, Caversham, Reading, RG4 8BY

Clayfield Copse – Caversham Park Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 6RT

Blackhouse Woods – Caversham Park Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 6RT

Deans Farm and Picnic Area – The Causeway, Deans Farm, Caversham, Reading, RG4 8EY

Hills Meadow – George Street, Lower Caversham, Reading RG1 7NP

Mapledurham Playing Fields – Woodcote Road, Caversham Heights, Reading RG4 7EZ

Milestone Way Play Area – Caversham Park Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 6PF

Rufus Isaac Play Area – Rufus Isaac Road, Caversham, RG4 6DD

Thameside Promenade – Caversham, Reading RG1 8DP

The Warren – The Warren, Caversham, Reading, RG4 7TH

Westfield Road Recreation Ground – Gosbrook Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 8HL

Winterberry Way Play Area – Winterberry Way, Caversham Heights, Reading RG4 7XD