Common is a large village, mainly on the road that leads to Kidmore
End, that was apparently once a community of scattered
cottages, farms and beerhouses. Local pastures were used
for grazing and pigs were allowed to feed on beech mast
in the woods.
However, in the first half of the last century housing
began to spread southwards along the road towards Caversham
and now Sonning Common is large a dormitory village.
The village's Anglican church is the Church of Christ
the King, a small, modern flat-roofed, rather unattractive
structure. The other church is the Church of St Michael,
which is Roman Catholic. This is also a modern building
but is more pleasing to the eye!
Sonning Common's reputation has been enhanced in recent
years by its status as a centre of the English wine industry.
Common is on the B481 road between Reading
to the south and Nettlebed to the north.