Prospect Park, Reading

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Prospect Park
Old trees in Prospect Park - - 648054.jpg
View across the park and the Mansion House on the hill
Prospect Park, Reading is located in Reading, Berkshire
Prospect Park, Reading
Location within Reading
Type Public
Location Reading, Berkshire, UK
Coordinates 51°26′52″N 1°00′33″W / 51.44791°N 1.00911°W / 51.44791; -1.00911Coordinates: 51°26′52″N 1°00′33″W / 51.44791°N 1.00911°W / 51.44791; -1.00911

Prospect Park is a public park in the western suburbs of Reading northbound Bath road in the English county of Berkshire.


Originally the site of Dirle's Farm, the land was part of the Calcot Park estate. In the 1760s, Benjamin Child turned the farm into a mansion. Child was the widower of the famous "Berkshire Lady", Frances Kendrick,[1] whom he had first met there some years before. He named the park after its views over Reading; it was formerly known as Prospecthill Park.[2] The park was bought by the Reading Corporation in 1901.[3]

The Mansion House[edit]

The Mansion House

The present regency style house, known as The Mansion House (and originally named Prospect House), was built by John Liebenrood in the late 18th century. It is a Grade II listed building,[4] currently used as a restaurant.

The park hit national headlines in May 2005, when 16-year-old Mary Ann Leneghan was stabbed to death in the park and her 18-year-old friend survived being shot. The perpetrators were a gang of six men from London, four of whom were on probation at the time.[5]


The first race in the Hampshire League Cross Country series in 2013 was held in the park.[6] Other races in the park have included The Color Run[7] and Cancer Research UK's Race for Life.[8]


  1. ^ Phillips, Daphne (1980). The Story of Reading. Countryside Books. p. 95. ISBN 0-905392-07-8. 
  2. ^ "Sheet 268 - Reading (Outline)". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Phillips, Daphne (1980). The Story of Reading. Countryside Books. p. 141. ISBN 0-905392-07-8. 
  4. ^ "Prospect House, Prospect Park, Reading". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Summers, Chris (2006-03-20). "The night terror came to town". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
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  7. ^ "READING Rainbow Run!". Helen and Douglas House. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Reading Prospect Park". Cancer Research UK. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

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