John Betjeman said no town hides its history better than Reading, but history there is in abundance, and it has been richly documented since the dawn of the photographic era. Reading was one of the first towns in the world to be photographed: William Henry Fox-Talbot, the inventor of modern photography, set up his workshop here and the streets of the 1840s town became the test-bed for the new technology. This book takes a wide range of historic views of Reading and recreates their modern counterparts in colour. Rapid economic growth has seen dramatic change in the town, even within living memory. This fascinating book documents not only that change but also the continuity that has survived it all.
About the Author
Stuart Hylton was born and grew up in Windsor, Berkshire. He worked as a town planner in Reading between 1980 and 1998, and since then has been Head of Strategic Planning and Transport for all of the Berkshire local authorities. Stuart is married with two grown-up sons, one of whom took the color photographs for this book. His writing interests have led to numerous appearances on radio and television and he writes a regular local history column for his local newspaper.