Cemetery Junction, Reading

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Cemetery Junction
Aerial view across East Reading - geograph.org.uk - 727712 cropped.jpg
Aerial view of Cemetery Junction in 1986
Reading, Berkshire, UK
Coordinates51°27′11″N 0°56′55″W / 51.45293°N 0.9487°W / 51.45293; -0.9487Coordinates: 51°27′11″N 0°56′55″W / 51.45293°N 0.9487°W / 51.45293; -0.9487[1]
Roads at
  • A4 London Road
  • A329 Wokingham Road
  • A329 Kings Road

Cemetery Junction is a road junction in East Reading, bordering on Newtown, in the town of Reading in the English county of Berkshire. It is a notorious bottleneck for traffic during rush hour, with the main A4 road meeting the A329 road from Wokingham.[2]

Cemetery Junction in 1893

The junction is named after Reading Old Cemetery just to the east, with a grand ornamental gatehouse immediately off the junction.[citation needed]

Grand ornamental gatehouse to Reading Old Cemetery


Located in the Cemetery Junction is Wycliffe Baptist Church, Arthur Hill Swimming Pool food shops, takeaway food outlets, public houses and a pharmacy.[3]

Eponymous film[edit]

Cemetery Junction is the title of a 2010 film, directed by Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais, which was released in the UK on 14 April 2010 and which tackles love and class in a small 1970s town. Gervais explained that the title of the film was taken from Cemetery Junction, Reading, an area he knew as a child. Gervais also adds "[...] it's not really set in Reading, it's any small town, anywhere in the world to be honest."[4][5][6]


Several major bus routes serve the Cemetery Junction, including:


  1. ^ OS Opendata StreetView
  2. ^ Roadworks on the way at Cemetery Junction, Reading Post, 24 June 2010.
  3. ^ "The Real Cemetery Junction". Visit Reading. Archived from the original on 3 July 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant on Cemetery Junction". BBC News. 14 April 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Cemetery Junction starring the Reading Post". Reading Post. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Ricky Gervais is going Up the Junction". Reading Post. Retrieved 8 June 2011.