Caversham Court is a public garden and was a mansion located on the north bank of the River Thames in Caversham, a suburb of Reading in the English county of Berkshire (formerly in Oxfordshire). The park lies within the St Peter's conservation area. The park is listed as Grade II in the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.To visit Caversham Court Gardens and other attractions in Reading, use our Reading trip planning website .
The medieval community of Caversham was clustered on the north side of Caversham Bridge to the east of St Peter's Church, which was built in the 12th century. Walter Giffard, the second Earl of Buckingham, donated the land for the church and neighbouring rectory, together with a considerable amount of land around it, to the Augustinian Abbey of Notley near Long Crendon in Buckinghamshire. They erected a small monastic cell there.
After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, these lands were given to Christchurch College, Oxford. Over the next four centuries, the Old Rectory, which became known as Caversham Court, was occupied by some of the most influential families in the Reading area, who both improved and enhanced the site.
Caversham Court Gardens Reviews
A very pleasant stroll amongst nesting ducks, geese and swans with plentiful babies of those birds waddling around. Consequently there was also plentiful bird poo on the pavements, some fresh and some... more »
Beautiful surroundings, a lovely place to relax by the river. Tea kiosk selling delicious homemade cake - I think it was RBH volunteers when we visited. A great excuse to eat cake as it's raising mone... more »
Brilliant gardens. Check out the girls serving coffee in the hut. Not like that but the cakes they home make. All taste very good and expertly made.
I am fortunate to know Reading & Caversham very well having grown up there & Caversham Court Gardens never fail to impress with its stunning beauty & the most amazing trees & plants. It still feels as if it's one of Caversham's best kept secrets & even in the summer months when it is busier there the tranquility never alters & the added bonus of the Thames River flowing past is a wonderful bonus. It has a wonderful history to it & is an idyllic setting for inspiration & just watching the world go by. It is a credit to Caversham & Caversham to it.
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