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Coordinates: 51°27′36″N 1°01′37″W / 51.460°N 1.027°W / 51.460; -1.027

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Osborne Road
Norcot is located in Berkshire
 Norcot shown within Berkshire
OS grid reference SU6873
Unitary authority Reading
Ceremonial county Berkshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Reading
Postcode district RG31
Dialling code 0118
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Reading East
List of places

Norcot is an area of Tilehurst in Reading, Berkshire. It also gives its name to an electoral ward.

Location and origins[edit]

Norcot ward is the south-eastern sector of the Reading borough portion of Tilehurst. However, as a suburban area, Norcot centres on Norcot Road and the upper Oxford Road on Norcot Hill. It is partly in Norcot ward and partly in Kentwood. The original hamlet was near the junction of Norcot Road and Romany Lane and was largely made up of Norcot Farm in the north-east of old Tilehurst parish. The name means 'North Cottage' and is thus twinned with Southcote[disambiguation needed], below Tilehurst church and manor.

Buildings and structures[edit]

The Norcot Water Tower, built at the end of the 19th century, is somewhat older than the more prominent Tilehurst Water Tower. It is 50ft high, a Grade II listed building[1] and since 2002 has been converted into a luxury apartment. Norcot School was built in 1906. In its lifetime, it was both a senior and a junior school. It closed in 1989. Like much of Tilehurst, Norcot Hill was used for the extraction of clay for brickmaking. In the 1920s, S. E. Collier's transported the clay via overhead cables to their main site in the Dee Road area of Tilehurst. St George's Church was built on the north-eastern edge of Norcot in 1886, largely to service the soldiers of the nearby Brock Barracks. Norcot Mission Church was started in 1929 to serve the new Norcot council estate. It started in a hut on land rented from the Pulsometer Engineering Works. The church moved to a permanent building in Brockley Close in 1972. The post office is on the Oxford Road.

Electoral ward[edit]

The electoral ward of Norcot is situated to the west of the town centre, and is bordered by Kentwood, Battle, Southcote and Tilehurst wards.[2]

In the Reading Council election, 2012, Councillor Jo Lovelock of the Labour Party was elected.[3]


  1. ^ "Water Tower, Reading". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Wards". Reading Borough Council. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Local Election 3 May 2012". Reading Borough Council. Retrieved 5 May 2012.