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Coordinates: 51°26′38″N 0°58′05″W / 51.444°N 0.968°W / 51.444; -0.968

Southampton Street, Reading - geograph.org.uk - 713076.jpg
Southampton Street and St Giles' Church
Katesgrove is located in Berkshire
 Katesgrove shown within Berkshire
OS grid reference SU715726
Unitary authority Reading
Ceremonial county Berkshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Reading
Postcode district RG1
Dialling code 0118
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Reading East
List of places

Katesgrove is a suburb and local government ward of Reading in the English county of Berkshire. It is bounded on the north by the Inner Distribution Road, on the east by Sidmouth Street, London Road, Kendrick Road and Northumberland Avenue, on the south by Long Barn Lane and Rose Kiln Lane and on the west by the River Kennet.[1]

Electoral ward[edit]

Katesgrove ward is bordered by Abbey, Redlands, Church, Whitley and Minster wards, and forms part of the Reading East parliamentary constituency.[2]

Katesgrove elects three councillors to the unitary Reading Borough Council, with each elected in separate years for a four-year term.[3] Traditionally an area of strength for the Labour Party, the 2000s witnessed a surge in votes for the Liberal Democrats, resulting in 2007 with the election of Gareth Epps - future candidate for the Reading East constituency - and culminating in 2010 with all Katesgrove councillors being Liberal Democrats.[4][5] However, the 2011 council election saw Labour candidate Matt Rodda elected.[6] As well as Rodda, the other two councillors are Rebecca Rye, elected in 2010, and Warren Swaine, elected in 2008 but who will not be running for re-election in the 2012 election in May.[3][7] Notably, one of Katesgrove's earlier councillors was Labour's David Sutton: leader of the council for thirteen years before his defeat by Swaine.[8]

In the Reading Council election, 2012, Councillor Rose Williams of the Labour Party was elected.[9]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Katesgrove Residents's Association". Katesgrove Residents's Association. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Wards". Reading Borough Council. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Reading Councillors". Reading Borough Council. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Reading Election Snaps (2007)". Reading Post. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Katesgrove 2010: Final Result". Reading Borough Council. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Katesgrove 2011: Final Result". Reading Borough Council. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Fort, Linda (16 December 2011). "Three Lib Dems to Stand Down". Reading Post. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Leader Out After 20 Years – By a Whisker". Reading Post. 6 May 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Local Election 3 May 2012". Reading Borough Council. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 

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