Reading Removals

Reading Removals

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    Rated 'Excellent'
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    Family Owned 
Business Est. 1857

    Family Owned
    Business Est. 1857

    British Association
of Removers

    British Association
    of Removers

    Member of The 
Armishaws Group

    Member of The
    Armishaws Group

    Our Reading Removals Service Includes…  

    Tailor-made solutions for a worry-free move. All our packages include;

    • Uniformed Crew
      Uniformed Crew
      Our trained crews are DBS checked and carry photo ID.
    • Mileage
      There are no hidden costs. All our quotes include mileage.
    • Goods in Transit Cover
      Goods in Transit Cover
      Restricted liability is provided as standard.*
    • Robe Cartons
      Robe Cartons
      Clothes travel in style in our robe cartons.
    • Covers & Blankets
      Covers & Blankets
      Slot-on, padded covers protect white goods and furniture.
    • Carbon Footprint Offsetting
      Carbon Footprint Offsetting
      To offset carbon emissions we’re planting 2,000 trees.
    • Used Box Recycling Service
      Used Box Recycling Service
      We’ll collect your flat boxes for recycling (or reuse).**
    • Recycled Materials
      Recycled Materials
      We use recycled/recyclable materials where possible.
    • Biodegradable Mattress Bags
      Biodegradable Mattress Bags
      Mattress bags are used once, then recycled.
    • Carpet Runners
      Carpet Runners
      Floor protection is available for both locations.**

    *Other options are available.
    **Fees may apply.

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    Over's Removals

    Why our customers trust our Reading removals…

    5 Quickfire Reading Facts

    1. Duchess of Cambridge
      The town’s most famous former resident is the nation’s future queen, HRH the Duchess of Cambridge. Formerly Kate Middleton, grew up in the area where she and her sister Pippa attended local schools and her family still live locally.
    2. Notable Neighbours
      Other famous Reading residents have include; Jane Austin (author), Jacqueline Bisset (actress Murder on the Orient Express), Natalie Dormer (actress, Game of Thrones) and Kate Winslet (Oscar winning actress). Sir Kenneth Branagh (actor, director Henry V), Charlie Brooker (writer, presenter Black Mirror), Ricky Gervais (comedian/actor, The Office, Extras) and Mike Oldfield (musician Tubular Bells).
    3. Slow Down!
      F1 motor racing legend Ayrton Senna lived in Reading. He is celebrated by a road and playground named in his honour. We can only assume Reading town planners didn’t see the irony when they later added speed bumps to Ayrton Senna Road?!?
    4. Quarantine
      Quarantine might be something we’ve all become a little more aware of but in 1646 (before the invention of multi-coloured facemasks) Reading’s leaders set houses aside to quarantine anyone suspected of carrying the Plague. In 1665 when much of England was overrun by the disease Reading closed its borders and goods and people were searched before being allowed to enter, which helped the town avoid the worst of the pandemic.
    5. ‘Enry’s ‘art
      After his death in Lyons-la-Forêt, France, Henry I’s body was brought back to England. However, he was without his tongue, eyes and heart as it was feared these might rot during the long journey. He rest of him was buried in Reading Abbey.

    Useful Reading Links & Information

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    Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Reading was 218,705.

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    Local Council – Find information, contact details and updates from Reading Borough Council here.

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    Nearest Tip – View opening times and location of your nearest Waste & Recycling Centre.

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    Museum – Discover a little more about Reading history at the Reading Museum.

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    Newspaper – “Read all about it!” Get local news online from the Reading Chronicle.

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    Schools – View the latest Reading schools Ofsted reports.

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    Weather – Be prepared for your moving day whatever the Reading weather forecast says.

    Thank You Over’s

    See what Over’s customers are saying…

    Darryn and Kyle, the two removal men were just brilliant in carrying out their duties. Nothing was too much trouble. They are an asset to your company and great Ambassadors for your business. My wife and I felt on occasions they went above and beyond the normal service and went out of their way to help ease the process and stress of moving.

    - Andy Cookson – June 2021

    The two crew movers that moved me are exceptional. Polite, hardworking, and professional. Nothing was too much, no problems or complaints. They packed, moved me out, and moved me in. Constantly ensuring everything was where I wanted it and fine tune placement of my items. I could not have moved in without their, and the team at Armishaws efforts. Thank you for getting (injured) me, and my family in our new home safe and complete.

    - Alan Edmunds - June 2021

    Excellent removals experience on a two day local move in Somerset. Despite hail, the removals men did a fantastic job, and kept a sense of humour throughout. Nothing was too much trouble putting things where we wanted them in various sheds when we arrived. Toby and Ben made the experience SO much more fun, and less stressful. Cannot recommend them too highly.

    - Helen Williams – May 2021

    6th Century

    Believed to have first been settled in the 6th century by the newly arrived Saxons that made much of Southern England their home, the first written record of Reading (‘Readingus’) refers to a battle between the Viking hoards and King Ethelred in 871 (the Vikings won on that occasion, it was one of four major battles that took place in the space of two months). Alongside the King that day was his younger brother Alfred who would go on to become quite the cheese, taking the throne when his brother died a few months after the battle and eventually taking the moniker, ‘Alfred the Great’.

    11th -16th Century

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    Reading was important enough to have featured in the Domesday Book of 1086 and by 1121 the opening of the newly built Abbey really put the town on the map. The abbey went on to have mixed fortunes, it was highly prosperous and brought a huge amount of trade and the granting of a regular market to the town. In the 14th century it was hit by the plague and the abbot was one of a number of the order to succumb to the disease. Things didn’t fare much better for the abbey’s final abbot in 1538. Having fallen out with the Pope, Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries saw reading’s mighty church destroyed and the last abbot was accused of treason and hung, drawn and quartered in front of the abbey.

    17th Century

    The English Civil War brought conflict back to Reading which was besieged and changed hands between the warring sides a number times. Heavy taxes were levied on the town, what had been a thriving clothe trade went into decline and the town fell on hard times. Things weren’t much happier in 1688 as Reading was the scene of one of only two battles that took place during The Glorious Revolution when William of Orange relieved King James II of the throne. Although the battle wasn’t vast, it took place in the centre of the town with soldiers firing from windows onto the streets below.

    18th Century

    The good times finally began to roll in the 18th century along with wagons, coaches and trade. Reading was on the main routes connecting London, Oxford and the West Country. It was the passing traffic and need for accommodation, farriers, stables and (perhaps) more importantly ale houses that filled the town’s coffers and made Reading of major importance in the area.

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    19th Century

    By the 1800s the emerging railways once again put Reading squarely at the heart of travel and trade. Ironworks, brick making and breweries flourished and the town was given perhaps it’s most famous piece of architecture, the infamous Reading Gaol. It housed all manner of miscreants and ne’er-do-wells and even provided entertainment (huge crowds would gather to watch executions, a jolly day was had by all, except for one obviously). Oscar Wilde was one very notable resident and it later housed captured German troops during both World Wars. The prison closed in 2013, since then campaigns have called for the site to be turned into an arts venue. In 2021 the Ministry of Justice knocked back a bid of £2.6 million from Reading Council to buy the site. That same year graffiti artist Banksy helped raise support for the notion of an arts venue when he left his mark (and an image of an escaping prisoner) on the prison walls.

    Modern Reading is a busy and bustling town, home to some major local employers, a cult music scene, great shops and good transport links.

    Reading Removals Company
    Whether you are moving to or from Reading, or beyond, we pride ourselves on making the experience as hassle-free and streamlined as possible. With over 160 years of experience as a leading UK removal company, our personable, expert removals team will take the stress out of moving home or office.

    The benefits of hiring a local removals firm in Reading.

    • Employing a local removals company in Reading means we spend less travelling time to your residence.
    • Unrivalled geographical knowledge of Reading & the surrounding areas.
    • We know the traffic flow, best times of day to move and where to park.
    • We offer overnight storage (or for as long as you require) at our nearby Hampshire-based storage facilities.
    • Our size allows us to be more competitive than many other local removal companies across Hampshire, Surrey & Berkshire
    • Free removal estimates and removals advice before, during and after your move!
    • We employ local people doing local work

    Secure Household Storage in Reading
    Are you a homeowner requiring long or short term household storage for furniture and personal effects for which you no longer have room? Do you need secure flexible household storage at short notice, with the minimum of fuss?

    With our multiple, large, secure purpose-built Hampshire storage facilities located in Aldershot, Farnborough and Petersfield, we can cater for all your storage needs. We can also arrange to collect and storage your belongings on your behalf. Please visit our Storage Service for further details.

    Why use Over’s for your storage needs?

    • Our household & commercial storage prices are cheaper than most other storage facilities in Hampshire and Surrey
    • Flexible storage – we can even deliver, collect and store your belongings for you
    • Friendly staff available on site: our experienced warehouse staff will be on hand to assist customers with packaging, loading and unloading.
    • Our facilities incorporate the latest sophisticated fire and security systems

    Of course, it’s not just the calibre of our personnel that matters. We are also proud of our modern fleet of specialised removal vehicles, lifting equipment, packaging and dedicated storage facilities to help us best cater to all your storage requirements.

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