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Jaunt at the Reading Junction for Queen Elizabeth
- Because Queen Elizabeth I was a Protestant and most of Europe was
Catholic, there were lots of plots against her.
- She needed to keep a close eye on her people. So she made Sir
Francis Walsingham her spymaster. He had spies working for him
- She is said to have given him Englefield
House, near Theale, as a
country estate to relax in when not working hard in London.
- He also had a town house in Reading on the corner of
and Broad Street. It was a beautiful timber-framed Tudor house called
- When the Queen stayed at her palace at Abbey House
with Sir Francis Knollys, Walsingham held
a party for her at Walsingham House. She was very pleased.
- A diamond-shaped board commemorating this was placed on the end of
- After the Siege of Reading, during
the Civil War, the Earl of Essex made
Walsingham House his headquarters.
- Broad Street was not very broad at this end then. There was a row of
shops in the middle of the road dividing it into two small streets:
Fisher Row & Butchers' Row.
- It was very smelly and unhygienic. Eventually, they were pulled down
- Walsingham House also became a shop eventually. In Victorian times,
it was Hounslow's Grocers and became known as Hounslow's Corner.
- It was pulled down in 1905.