Robert Browne

Born: 20th October 1938

Guyana, South America

Date of interview: 16th July 2006

Map showing where Robert Browne came from

You didn't know the Huntley & Palmers factory then?

Yes I have, yes I know it. 'Cos gradually they begin to run it down. But Sapphire Plaza, where the tax office is now, all of that place didn't exist. Even the underpass, the distribution road around the town, by West Street and all that. That didn't exist there. The big tall building in front of Reading railway station that used to, when that was built I was there as well. All that car park for Foster Wheeler occupied that building then. The car park and all of that was built by Bovis. Of course at that time I used to have a few plumbers used to work with me then.

Yes. I've seen quite a few changes in Reading. In Chatham Street, where all that car park, where they start building up again. You go all along the Kings Road, Reading University, Reading Technical College - it wasn't that large at the time. There used to be a lot of large houses on either side of Kings Road there, past the college. Big houses there used to be up there. The shops were a bit different then. Langstons. Langstons used to be a shop, used to be in the corner of West Street. It used to sell lots of working clothes for me, donkey jackets and that sort of a thing. Course, even Sainsburys place and that all of that didn't exist there at the time because that region of town, that used to be Drews. Drews, the builder's merchants used to be there. A big old house used to be there.