Coley, Berkshire

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Wolseley Street and Coley Primary School
Coley is located in Berkshire
Coley shown within Berkshire
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BerkshireCoordinates: 51°26′58″N 0°58′43″W / 51.449423°N 0.978607°W / 51.449423; -0.978607

Coley is an inner-town district near the centre of the town of Reading, in the English county of Berkshire. It is often referred to as Old Coley, to distinguish it from the adjacent, and much more recent, suburb of Coley Park.

The district has no formal boundaries, but the historically the name referred to the area roughly bounded by Castle Street, Castle Hill and the Bath Road to the north, Berkeley Avenue to the south and west, and the River Kennet and Bridge Street to the east. Coley is bordered to its south and west by Coley Park, to its north by West Reading, and to its east by Katesgrove and the Inner Distribution Road.

The district lies entirely within the borough of Reading, within Minster and Abbey wards. It is within the Reading West parliamentary constituency.[1]

Coley is split between the Church of England parishes of All Saints Church and St Giles' Church, although neither church is actually within the district.[2][3]

The Berkshire Record Office is located in Coley Avenue near to the junction with Bath Road.

Coley formerly had a railway goods yard, the Reading Central Goods station, which was connected to the main line at Southcote Junction by the Coley branch line. [4] [5] [6] [7]


  1. ^ "RBC Wards 2004 A4" (PDF). Reading Borough Council. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  2. ^ "All Saints, Reading". Church of England - A Church Near You. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  3. ^ "S Giles, Reading". Church of England - A Church Near You. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  4. ^ "Coley Park & Beyond - Rambling along the Coley branch line". Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "70K Coley Park". 12 June 2000. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  6. ^ John Copsey, Chris Turner (Spring 2010). "Reading Central Goods Depot (Coley Branch)". Great Western Railway Journal. 10 (74): 84–117. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Matthews, Rupert (2006). Lost Railways of Berkshire. Newbury: Countryside Books. ISBN 1-85306-990-6.