Southcote Water Works, now known as Southcote Mill, was built in the early 1850s to pump water into Reading for the first time. Situated upstream from the town on the River Kennet, water was taken from boreholes into the Kennet aquifer, then pumped to the reservoir on the Bath Road. The site also includes a former watermill, used at various times to draw wire and grind flour.

The pumping station is now a private residence and plans have been submitted to restore the mill building into a community café.

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