This week I am going to take you on a walk showing you the Old Reading Road in Cholsey. My walks starts here in the village where we walk up Ilgies Lane, could not tell you where the name came from
The Lane eventually leads into this track which takes you to the Reading Road which was the Old Toll Road that came from Shillingford on the London Road and went towards Reading
The track comes out here but one it would have carried on across the road through the gap you see in the hedge. I have a photo showing a gate across it. The track there took you to the River Thames and was most likely an old path people used. Now the path has gone and crops grown there.
Turning left and you see the Reading Road, over to the right you see a layby, this is the old Road or A329 as I remember it. The new road was built to smooth out the bend where people used to come to grief. One guy I know managed to launch his TVR over the hedge into the filed on the right he was OK which was more than I can say for his car. That does not mean to say after it was OK as another mate of mine landed in the ditch in the centre section after driving into the layby
This view looks back along the old road, you can see the bend which then went the other way after it and past the old Hospital that was there. A few cars have found themselves in the hedge along by that as well
The road then would have carried on across the road here where the gate is and bend right after that
Anyway after failing to find the old entrance to go across I carried on along here to the entrance to Caps Lane, again can't tell you the origin of the name
The old entrance and junction was here which as you can see was rather dangerous for some one emerging from it
This is the direction of the Old Road, once you could navigate to the end here but it has become very overgrown now with brambles
Looking back to the junction you can see it is nigh on impossible to see
This was the old road past the junction, it was Pecked full of holes and left and even now the odd bit of road still comes up
To the right of the footpath sign
This is the new road and bend, I might add not long after it opened around 1971 a lad I was apprentice with managed to end up pinned on the armco. The armco came in through the rear door and out through the passenger side where is girlfriend was. She was asleep and went out through the door and woke up on the grass. He is married to her now
And comes out at Bow Bridge one of the reasons for the new one being built because over to the left many cars came to grief in the woods there.
Going past the bridge you can see part of the old road still there. The part further on is still in use as a private entrance to some of the houses there. From there the road is mus as it used to be apart from Winterbrook where the built a bypass across the road