People in Reading are well aware of the ‘Three Bs’ – bulbs, beer and biscuits.
Outsiders however made read that and become incredibly confused – but essentially they are the three businesses that historically helped put the town on the map.
Sutton and Son provided the bulbs and HG Simonds provided the beer but arguably the most successful and fascinating of all though, were the biscuits.
These were provided by Huntley & Palmer, a company formed in the town which went on to be a phenomenal, global success.
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The company was in the town between 1846 and 1976 and you can see parts of its history dotted around the town today.
The biscuits were exported around the world and ended up in some truly bizarre places.
For example, it is thought there are still some at the South Pole as they were part of Captain Scott’s ill-fated expedition.
And when the the fabulously named Sir Francis Younghusband became the first European to reach Tibet, he was rather surprised to be great with a Huntley & Palmers biscuits.
The company and its biscuits also led to…