The Milestone Way shopping parade with public greens in the background.
Homes on the slopes of the east of Emmer Green.
|Area||2.86 km2 (1.10 sq mi)|
|Population||7,849 (2011 census)|
|• Density||2,744/km2 (7,110/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Emmer Green is the northernmost suburb of Reading in the English county of Berkshire within the Unitary Authority, centred 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the town. Having most of its own commerce, sport and other amenities, Emmer Green has an arbitrary divide with larger Caversham and a border with Oxfordshire, the county in which both places formerly stood.
Caversham was the area's ancient parish until the concept was done away with on the partition of England into parished and non-parished areas in the 1860s. Emmer Green has five former mansions. Two are now converted for residential use; Rosehill House and Notley Place. Rosehill House, standing in 14 acres of ground, was once part of Caversham Manor, the first building being erected in 1791. Martin John Sutton, of Sutton's Seeds, lived there, the house then being called Kidmore Grange. In 1923 it was bought for the Oratory Preparatory School; then from the outbreak of the last war until 1958 it accommodated part of The Salvation Army's Headquarters as staff were evacuated from central London. The house has since been converted into flats and a housing estate built on the grounds. The third, Caversham Park, is owned by the BBC, while Grove House has become Highdown School. Caversham Place was designed by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis for Major-General Sir Cecil Pereira, whose brother The Rev Edward Thomas Pereira was headmaster and benefactor of The Oratory School.
Caversham forms a suburban conglomeration (continuous area of development) with Emmer Green. Emmer Green is bordered by the extensive nature reserve at Clayfield Copse and Blackhouse Woods and also by the tip of the Chiltern Hills at Bugs Bottom (also known as Hemdean Bottom). There is a cycle path to Wallingford and access to Balmore Park which overlooks Caversham, with views as far as the Madjeski Stadium wind turbine.
Together with Caversham the area is green-buffered by sports fields, agricultural fields or woodland to the north with Rotherfield Peppard and the west with Mapledurham. Altogether the conglomeration forms three wards, i.e. approximately a fifth of the borough of Reading in terms of population however a higher proportion of the land.
There are two primary schools, Emmer Green Primary School and The Hill Primary which is situated between Emmer Green and Caversham, and the Comprehensive Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre which was rated as Outstanding by OFSTED in 2010.
There is at least one disused Chalk mine in Emmer Green, referred to as Emmer Green (Hanover) Chalk Mine, with the principal access located at the junction of Peppard Road & Kiln Lane (OS Grid Ref: SU722769).
It is served by three principal bus routes and one community link route. The 24 route runs from Central Reading and serves a circular route round Emmer Green. The 23 route runs from Central Reading and serves a circular route round Caversham Park and the eastern part of Emmer Green. The 25 route runs from Central Reading to Peppard Common in South Oxfordshire. The Community Link 28 operates 3 buses per day between Central Reading and various locations in Caversham Park, Emmer Green and Caversham. Two of these buses reach to Southcote, Tilehurst and Purley-on-Thames west of Reading.
There are two churches in Emmer Green. St. Barnabas, a Church of England church, and the Chapel On The Hill. The present St Barnabas building was consecrated on 29 June 1929 and the previous nineteenth century church is still in use as a Village Hall.
- Football: Caversham AFC – Football recreation ground, Emmer Green FC
- Golf: Reading Golf Club – Kidmore End Road.
- Rugby: Abbey RFC – Rugby Union playing ground, Peppard Road
- Tennis: Caversham Park Tennis Club – Clayfield Copse.
|Output area||Population||Homes||% Owned outright||% Owned with a loan||% Socially rented||% Privately rented||km²||km² Greenspace[n 1]||km² gardens||km² road and rail|
|Emmer Green[n 2]||7849||3288||39.9%||40.1%||5.8%||9.1%||2.86||1.1||1.0||0.29|
Notes and references
- Comprises cultivated fields, woodland, pasture and public parks/common.
- Approximates to Peppard Ward less Reading 001C as there are no official boundaries.
- Key Statistics: Dwellings; Quick Statistics: Population Density; Physical Environment: Land Use Survey 2005
- Welcome to the Emmer Green Residents' Association website. Emmer Green Residents' Association 12 July 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre. Archived 23 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine. OFSTED, 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- Our buildings. St. Barnabas, Emmer Green, 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
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