The Milestone Way shopping precinct in Emmer Green
Emmer Green shown within Berkshire
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Emmer Green has five former mansions. Two are now converted for residential use; Rosehill House and Notley Place. Rosehill House, standing in 14 acres of ground, was once part of Caversham Manor, the first building being erected in 1791. Martin John Sutton, of Sutton's Seeds, lived there, the house then being called Kidmore Grange. In 1923 it was bought for the Oratory Preparatory School; then from the outbreak of the last war until 1958 it accommodated part of The Salvation Army's Headquarters as staff were evacuated from central London. The house has since been converted into flats and a housing estate built on the grounds. The third, Caversham Park, is owned by the BBC, while Grove House has become Highdown School. Caversham Place was designed by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis for Major-General Sir Cecil Pereira, whose brother The Rev Edward Thomas Pereira was headmaster and benefactor of The Oratory School.
Emmer Green is bordered by the extensive nature reserve at Clayfield Copse and Blackhouse Woods and also by the tip of the South Downs at Bugs Bottom (also known as Hemdean Bottom). There is a cycle path to Wallingford and access to Balmore Park which overlooks Caversham, with views as far as the Madjeski Stadium wind turbine.
There are two primary schools, Emmer Green Primary School and The Hill Primary which is situated between Emmer Green and Caversham, and the Comprehensive Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre which was rated as Outstanding by OFSTED in 2010.
There is at least one disused Chalk mine in Emmer Green, referred to as Emmer Green (Hanover) Chalk Mine, with the principal access located at the junction of Peppard Road & Kiln Lane (OS Grid Ref: SU722769). Other, undiscovered, abandoned mines may exist in the area as few records were kept of mine locations.
It is served by three principal bus routes and one community link route. The 24 route runs from Central Reading and serves a circular route round Emmer Green. The 23 route runs from Central Reading and serves a circular route round Caversham Park and the eastern part of Emmer Green. The Vitality 2 route runs from Mortimer Station to Peppard Common in South Oxfordshire. The Community Link 28 operates 3 buses per day between Central Reading and various locations in Caversham Park, Emmer Green and Caversham. Two of these buses also serve Southcote, Tilehurst and Purley. These routes are run by Reading Buses.
There are two churches in Emmer Green. St. Barnabas, a Church of England church, and the Chapel On The Hill. The present St Barnabas building was consecrated on 29 June 1929 and the previous nineteenth century church is still in use as a Village Hall.
Caversham AFC play football at the recreation ground on weekends depending on the season. Reading Golf Club is on Kidmore End Road and there is a Lawn Tennis Association Tennis Club in Clayfield Copse. Abbey Rugby Football Club is on the Peppard Road to the north of Emmer Green.
- Welcome to the Emmer Green Residents' Association website. Emmer Green Residents' Association 12 July 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre. OFSTED, 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- Our buildings. St. Barnabas, Emmer Green, 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
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