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Historic Southcote Home

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Sell My House Quickly found another interesting article about properties in Reading. Historic Southcote Home that has housed famous Reading residents given revamp. Omer House has been given a facelift and has lot of history.

Historic Southcote Home

A historic building in a road with a fascinating past has been given a revamp. 24 Southcote Road is now looking like its former self thanks to the work.

The building is in a part of town that has a very interesting history – with a lot of famous Reading characters living there.

It began life as Omer House, it was designed and built by John Omer in the 1860s who was an estate agent who worked across the road from the grand building.

He then lived in the home between 1877 and 1884.

Another famous face to live there was Thomas Skurray, who was one of Reading FC’s first stars.

His son, also called Thomas Skurray, was leader of Berkshire County Council between 1931 and 1938.

The home has been apartments since the mid-1960s.

Reading Borough Council’s local listing says: “The property comprises a large and impressive three storey villa, located in a prominent position at the junction of Southcote Road and Tilehurst Road and set within its own large gardens.”

Elsewhere in the road, which sits between Bath Road and Tilehurst Road, are a number of prominent homes.

Sir Walter Palmer, son of Joseph Palmer – one of the founders of the legendary Reading Huntley & Palmer’ biscuit factory – lived in Westfield Mansion.

He invented the famous “Breakfast Biscuit” and was also a Conservative politician.

Another famous Reading name of the past, the marvellously named Dr Jamieson Hurry, also lived there between 1911 and 1927.

We found this article about Historic Southcote Home on Berkshire Live. Kindly click the link to read the full story.

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