the Gladstone club
I’ve always admired the wrought ironwork on the porch of the London road side of the Gladstone club. It’s a grade II listed building. The listing mentions that in 1887 the house was the home of the recently founded Reading High School.
It’s easy to notice the Gladstone club, without actually noticing it. It’s a substantial building in a significant location facing out onto both Reading’s London Road and Kings Road. The club is next door to the Abbot Cook pub on the Cemetery junction on the southern edge of Newtown. Newtown is where the Huntley and Palmer factory employees lived.
Once it was a grand building. It’s namesake William Gladstone was a record breaking 4 times (Liberal) Prime Minister of Britain. The link with Huntley and Palmers is more than the proximity of the club to Newtown. The Huntley and Palmer website says:
“In 1878 George Palmer became a Member of Parliament for the Liberal party. He was nicknamed the ‘silent member’, although he did make a few contributions to debates. In his maiden speech he supported a bill to grant women the right to vote “
Sadly, the Gladstone building now stands empty with a for sale sign on it. Until 2010 it was a delightful Indian restaurant and wine bar called the “Sardar Palace”. Now it looks forgotten, overlooked. Grass is moving into the gaps in the forecourt paving.