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Trunkwell cottage and local history

Trunkwell cottage and local history

History Wendy Thomson 7th March 2018

Currently available to let with NEA Lettings is Trunkwell Cottage in Beech Hill, Reading.

The original house is five hundred years old, with further extensions dating back four hundred and one hundred years respectively.

In the entrance hall and drawing room is wood panelling which was fitted by joiners Samuel Elliot and Sons (Reading) Ltd in the 1950’s.


Mr Elliot was given the contract to refurbish state rooms in the RMS Queen Elizabeth liner in the early 1950’s. RMS Queen Elizabeth was the largest passenger liner ever built in 1938 and for 56 years thereafter.

The panels in the entrance hall and drawing room were left over sections of panelling which Mr Elliott put into his own home Trunkwell Cottage. 

In November 1959 Trunkwell Cottage was put up for auction by Mr Elliot and was purchased by the current owner’s parents through Nicholas Estate Agents.

The original oak was very dark and the new owners spent many days liming the wood.

If you would like to make this cottage of living history your home please call 0118 948 4040 to view.


Trunkwell Cottage

RMS Queen Elizabeth

Sameul Elliot and Sons (Reading) Ltd started joinery works in Newbury in 1860, then in 1902 moved to Caversham, Reading. By 1990 the business was called Trollope, Colls, Elliot, based in Craddock Road, Reading.

Wendy Thomson

Wendy is the social media manager for Nicholas Estate Agents

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