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Record 27648

Reading Experience:

'5. The Club now considered the subject for the evening - Berkshire - & the opening paper was by H.M. Wallis who touched upon the History of the County in his inimitable way from the Piltdown race to Archbishop Laud. Alfred & his battles. Reading & the 35 religious houses & the breweries are prominent features of the story & may be responsible for the saying Piety Spiders & Pride. 6. Rosamund Wallis read a gruesome story from Thomas of Reading about a couple of Reading inhabitants who had murdered 60 people by the simple device of a trapdoor floor to the spare bedroom & a cauldron of boiling water below. 7. 3 Berkshire folksongs were then given by Mrs Robson & E.E. Unwin. 8. S.A Reynolds read a Ballad entitled 'A Berkshire Lady', though speaking as a mere male I doubt whether her conduct would be considered quite lady-like today'.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 17 Feb 1922
Country: England
Time: evening
Place: city: Reading
specific address: 'The Lawn', Upper Redlands Rd
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Sylvanus A. Reynolds
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1863
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: n/a
Religion: Quaker or associated with the Friends
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Members of XII Book Club
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: 'Berkshire Lady, A'
Genre: Poetry, ballad
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: reading group


Source Information:

Record ID: 27648  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Ernest E Unwin
  Title: XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 2 (1915-31)
  Location: private collection
  Call no: n/a
  Page/folio: 99-100

Citation: Ernest E Unwin, XII Book Club Minute Book, Vol. 2 (1915-31)  private collection, p. n/a, p. 99-100,, accessed: 17 June 2024

Additional comments:

Material by kind permission of the XII Book Club. For further information and permission to quote this source, contact the Reading Experience Database (



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