Old Caversham, New Caversham
Written by: BlackPhi
I find Caversham a fascinating place to live, On the one hand it is an overgrown, but long-established, village – separated from Reading by a river and a lot of attitude. On the other hand it is still part of that vibrant and still-growing town, with its transient population and urban attitudes.
As a small business mostly operating in and around Caversham, I notice this reflected in my customers. Some have lived all their lives in Caversham, probably a good chunk of that time in a single house. Others are just on their way through, house prices being the main factor determining how long they stay. Then there are a few of us who are newcomers to one group – I’ve ‘only’ been here thirty years – but ludicrously settled to the other.
This combination, I think, gives Caversham a style which often works as the best of both worlds: there is a real sense of established community in the village, yet there is also a degree of liveliness and cosmopolitan outlook . The two worlds intersect at community facilities such as schools, pubs, churches and shops – WordPlay and Waitrose are, in my view, examples of Caversham shops which support a sense of integration and community, and I’ve posted before about the importance of good local pubs.
What do you think about Caversham? Do you find its combination of old and new refreshing, confusing or simply schizophrenic? What facilities do you find valuable in building community? Do you even think local community matters – maybe you think we should stop pretending Caversham is anything other than a suburb of Reading? I’d love to know.