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Berkshire
Berkshire
(/ˈbɑːrkʃər/, abbreviated Berks, in the 17th century sometimes spelled Barkeshire as it is pronounced) is a county in south east England, west of London
London
and is one of the home counties. It was recognised by the Queen as the Royal County of Berkshire
Berkshire
in 1957 because of the presence of Windsor Castle, and letters patent were issued in 1974.[2][3] Berkshire
Berkshire
is a county of historic origin and is a home county, a ceremonial county and a non-metropolitan county without a county council. The historic boundary to the north of Berkshire
Berkshire
follows the River Thames, from Buscot
Buscot
to Old Windsor. Therefore, the historic county includes territory that is now administered by the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire
South Oxfordshire
districts of Oxfordshire, but excludes Slough and Eton which are historically in Buckinghamshire. Berkshire
Berkshire
County Council was the main local government of the county from 1889 to 1998 and was based in Reading, though the County Borough of Reading
Borough of Reading
was administered separately until 1974. In 1974, the county's administrative boundaries were significantly altered. The traditional county town of Abingdon and the areas around Didcot
Didcot
and Wantage
Wantage
were transferred to Oxfordshire, while Slough
Slough
was added from Buckinghamshire.[4] Since 1998, Berkshire
Berkshire
has been governed by the six unitary authorities of Bracknell
Bracknell
Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead
Maidenhead
and Wokingham. Berkshire
Berkshire
borders the counties of Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire
(to the north), Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire
(to the north-east), Greater London
Greater London
(to the east), Surrey
Surrey
(to the south-east), Wiltshire (to the west) and Hampshire
Hampshire
(to the south).[5]

Contents

1 History 2 Geography 3 Demography 4 Ceremonial county 5 Politics 6 Economy

6.1 Industry 6.2 Agricultural produce

7 Sport

7.1 Horse racing 7.2 Football 7.3 Rugby 7.4 Ice hockey 7.5 Hockey

8 Education 9 Towns and villages 10 Notable people 11 Places of interest 12 See also 13 References 14 External links

History[edit] Main article: History of Berkshire

Windsor Castle, viewed from the Long Walk

According to Asser, it takes its name from a large forest of box trees that was called Bearroc (believed to be a Celtic word meaning "hilly").[6] Berkshire
Berkshire
has been the scene of some notable battles through its history. Alfred the Great's campaign against the Danes included the Battles of Englefield, Ashdown and Reading. Newbury was the site of two English Civil War
English Civil War
battles: the First Battle of Newbury
First Battle of Newbury
(at Wash Common) in 1643 and the Second Battle of Newbury
Second Battle of Newbury
(at Speen) in 1644. The nearby Donnington Castle
Donnington Castle
was reduced to a ruin in the aftermath of the second battle. Another Battle of Reading took place on 9 December 1688. It was the only substantial military action in England
England
during the Glorious Revolution
Glorious Revolution
and ended in a decisive victory for forces loyal to William of Orange. Reading became the new county town in 1867, taking over from Abingdon, which remained in the county. Under the Local Government Act 1888, Berkshire County Council
Berkshire County Council
took over functions of the Berkshire
Berkshire
Quarter Sessions, covering the administrative county of Berkshire, which excluded the county borough of Reading. Boundary alterations in the early part of the 20th century were minor, with Caversham from Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire
becoming part of the Reading county borough, and cessions in the Oxford
Oxford
area. On 1 April 1974, Berkshire's boundaries changed under the Local Government Act 1972. Berkshire
Berkshire
took over administration of Slough
Slough
and Eton and part of the former Eton Rural District
Eton Rural District
from Buckinghamshire.[4] The northern part of the county became part of Oxfordshire, with Faringdon, Wantage
Wantage
and Abingdon and their hinterland becoming the Vale of White Horse
Vale of White Horse
district, and Didcot
Didcot
and Wallingford added to South Oxfordshire
South Oxfordshire
district.[4] 94 ( Berkshire
Berkshire
Yeomanry) Signal Squadron still keep the Uffington White Horse
Uffington White Horse
in their insignia, even though the White Horse is now in Oxfordshire. The original Local Government White Paper would have transferred Henley-on-Thames
Henley-on-Thames
from Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire
to Berkshire: this proposal did not make it into the Bill as introduced.[citation needed] On 1 April 1998 Berkshire County Council
Berkshire County Council
was abolished under a recommendation of the Banham Commission, and the districts became unitary authorities. Unlike similar reforms elsewhere at the same time, the non-metropolitan county was not abolished.[7][8] Signs saying "Welcome to the Royal County of Berkshire" have all but disappeared but may still be seen on the borders of West Berkshire District, on the east side of Virginia Water
Virginia Water
and on the M4 motorway. There are also county signs on the south side of Sonning Bridge on the B478, on the A404 southbound carriageway crossing the river Thames, and heading north on the A33 at the start of the dual carriageway just past Stratfield Saye. A flag for the historic county of Berkshire
Berkshire
was registered with the Flag Institute
Flag Institute
in 2017. Geography[edit]

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Aerial view of Virginia Water
Virginia Water
Lake on the southern edge of Windsor Great Park

Berkshire
Berkshire
divides into two clearly distinct sections with the boundary lying roughly on a north-south line through the centre of Reading. The eastern section of Berkshire
Berkshire
lies largely to the south of the River Thames, with that river forming the northern boundary of the county. In two places ( Slough
Slough
and Reading) the county now includes land to the north of the river. Tributaries of the Thames, including the Loddon and Blackwater, increase the amount of low lying riverine land in the area. Beyond the flood plains, the land rises gently to the county boundaries with Surrey
Surrey
and Hampshire. Much of this area is still well wooded, especially around Bracknell
Bracknell
and Windsor Great Park.

Historic map of Berkshire[9]

In the west of the county and heading upstream, the Thames veers away to the north of the county boundary, leaving the county behind at the Goring Gap. This is a narrow part of the otherwise quite broad river valley where, at the end of the last Ice Age, the Thames forced its way between the Chiltern Hills
Chiltern Hills
(to the north of the river in Oxfordshire) and the Berkshire
Berkshire
Downs.[citation needed] As a consequence, the western portion of the county is situated around the valley of the River Kennet, which joins the Thames in Reading. Fairly steep slopes on each side delineate the river's flat floodplain. To the south, the land rises steeply to the nearby county boundary with Hampshire, and the highest parts of the county lie here. The highest of these is Walbury Hill
Walbury Hill
at 297 m (974 ft), which is also the highest point in South East England
England
region and between London
London
and South Wales. To the north of the Kennet, the land rises again to the Berkshire Downs. This is hilly area, with smaller and well-wooded valleys, drains into the River Lambourn, River Pang, and their tributaries. The open upland areas famous for their involvement in horse racing and the consequent ever-present training gallops. Demography[edit] See also: List of settlements in Berkshire
Berkshire
by population

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According to 2003 estimates there were 803,657 people in Berkshire, or 636 people/km². The population is mostly based in the urban areas to the east and centre of the county: the largest towns here are Reading, Slough, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Windsor, Sandhurst, and the villages Crowthorne
Crowthorne
and Twyford. West Berkshire
West Berkshire
is much more rural and sparsely populated, with far fewer towns: the largest are Newbury, Thatcham, Hungerford
Hungerford
and Lambourn. In 1831, there were 146,234 people living in Berkshire; by 1901 the population had risen to 252,571 (of whom 122,807 were male and 129,764 were female).

View from Combe Gibbet, looking north over the Kennet Valley

Below are the 10 largest immigrant groups of Berkshire
Berkshire
in 2011.

Country of Birth Immigrants in Berkshire
Berkshire
(2011 Census)

 India 23,660

 Pakistan 17,590

 Poland 16,435

 Ireland 7,629

 South Africa 6,221

 Germany 5,328

 Kenya 4,617

 China 4,242

 Zimbabwe 4,043

 United States 3,509

Population of Berkshire:

1831: 146,234 1841: 161,759 1851: 170,065 1861: 176,256 1871: 196,475 1881: 218,363 1891: 238,709 1901: 252,571 1951: 198,000[10] 1983: 400,000[10]

Ceremonial county[edit] Main articles: Lord-Lieutenant of Berkshire, High Sheriff
High Sheriff
of Berkshire, and counties of England The ceremonial county of Berkshire
Berkshire
consists of the area controlled by the six unitary authorities, each of which is independent of the rest. Berkshire
Berkshire
has no county council. The ceremonial county has a Lord Lieutenant and a High Sheriff. The Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire is Mary Selina Bayliss, appointed in May 2008,[11] and the High Sheriff of Berkshire
Berkshire
for 2011 is Robert Barclay Woods, CBE.[12] See also: List of English districts by population

Berkshire
Berkshire
districts

District Main towns Population (2007 estimate)[13] Area Population density (2007)

Bracknell
Bracknell
Forest Bracknell, Sandhurst 113,696 109.38 km² 1038/km²

Reading Reading 155,300 40.40 km² 3557/km²

Slough Slough 140,200 32.54 km² 3691/km²

West Berkshire Newbury, Thatcham 150,700 704.17 km² 214/km²

Windsor and Maidenhead Windsor, Maidenhead 104,000 198.43 km² 711/km²

Wokingham Wokingham, Twyford 88,600 178.98 km² 875/km²

TOTAL Ceremonial N/A 752,436 1264 km² 643/km²

Politics[edit] See also: List of Parliamentary constituencies in Berkshire Berkshire
Berkshire
is a ceremonial county and non-metropolitan county and it is unique in England
England
in that it has no county council, or district council covering its entire area; rather it is divided into several unitary authorities, which do not have county status. It is the only non-metropolitan county to function in such a manner. The Conservative Party controls the unitary authorities of West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham
Wokingham
and Bracknell
Bracknell
Forest. The Labour Party controls Reading and Slough. In the 2010 general election, Conservative Party candidates were elected in seven of the eight parliamentary constituencies. Slough
Slough
is the exception; it is represented by a Labour MP. However the 2017 general election saw the Labour party capture a second constituency, Reading East. The Prime Minister, Theresa May
Theresa May
represents Maidenhead, near the centre of the county.

General Election 2010 : Berkshire

Conservative Liberal Democrats Labour UKIP Green Others BNP Christian Party Monster Raving Loony Party Turnout

209,400 +50,604 104,133 +4,304 74,613 −13,015 12,402 +3,582 5,181 +879 4,237 +2,862 3,028 N/A 495 N/A 329 −240 413,818 +52,499

Overall Number of seats as of 2010

Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats UKIP Green Others BNP Christian Party Monster Raving Loony Party

7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Economy[edit] This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Berkshire
Berkshire
at current basic prices published by the Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British pounds sterling.[14]

Year Regional Gross Value Added1 Agriculture2 Industry3 Services4

1995 10,997 53 2,689 8,255

2000 18,412 40 3,511 14,861

2003 21,119 48 3,666 17,406

Notes

Components may not sum to totals due to rounding Includes hunting and forestry Includes energy and construction Includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

Industry[edit]

The Oracle Corporation
Oracle Corporation
campus

Reading has a historical involvement in the information technology industry, largely as a result of the early presence in the town of sites of International Computers Limited
International Computers Limited
and Digital. These companies have been swallowed by other groups, but their descendants, Fujitsu and Hewlett-Packard
Hewlett-Packard
respectively, still have local operations. More recently Microsoft
Microsoft
and Oracle have established multi-building campuses on the outskirts of Reading. Other technology companies with a presence in the town include Agilent Technologies, Audio & Design (Recording) Ltd, Bang & Olufsen, Cisco, Comptel, Pulsant Limited, Ericsson, Harris Corporation, Intel, Nvidia, Rockwell Collins, Sage, Sagem Orga, SGI, Symantec, Symbol Technologies, Verizon Business, Virgin Media, Websense, Xansa
Xansa
(now Steria), and Xerox. The financial company ING Direct
ING Direct
has its headquarters in Reading, as does the directories company Yell Group
Yell Group
and the natural gas major BG Group. The insurance company Prudential has an administration centre in the town. PepsiCo
PepsiCo
and Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn
have offices. As with most major cities, Reading also has offices of the Big Four accounting firms Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst and Young, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Slough
Slough
Trading Estate plays a major part in making Slough
Slough
an important business centre in South East England

The global headquarters of Reckitt Benckiser
Reckitt Benckiser
and the UK headquarters of Mars, Incorporated
Mars, Incorporated
are based in Slough. The European head offices of major IT companies BlackBerry, Network Associates, Computer Associates, PictureTel and Compusys are in the town. O2 has headquarters in four buildings. The town is home to the National Foundation for Educational Research, which is housed in The Mere. Other major brands with offices in the town include Nintendo, Black and Decker, Amazon.co.uk, Honda, HTC, Scottish and Southern Energy
Scottish and Southern Energy
and Abbey Business Centres.[15] Dulux paints are still manufactured in Slough
Slough
by AkzoNobel, which bought Imperial Chemical Industries
Imperial Chemical Industries
in 2008. Bracknell
Bracknell
is a base for high-tech industries, with the presence of companies such as Panasonic, Fujitsu
Fujitsu
(formerly ICL) and Fujitsu-Siemens Computers, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Siemens (originally Nixdorf), Honeywell, Cable and Wireless, Avnet Technology Solutions and Novell. Firms subsequently spread into the surrounding Thames Valley or M4 corridor, attracting IT firms such as Cable and Wireless, DEC (subsequently Hewlett-Packard), Microsoft, Sharp Telecommunications, Oracle Corporation, Sun Microsystems
Sun Microsystems
and Cognos. Bracknell
Bracknell
is also home to the central Waitrose
Waitrose
distribution centre and head office, which is on a 70-acre (280,000 m2) site on the Southern Industrial Estate. Waitrose
Waitrose
has operated from the town since the 1970s. The town is also home to the UK headquarters of BMW Group.[16] Newbury is home to the world headquarters of the mobile network operator Vodafone, which is the town's largest employer with over 6,000 people. Before moving to their £129 million headquarters in the outskirts of the town in 2002, Vodafone
Vodafone
used 64 buildings spread across the town centre.[17] As well as Vodafone, Newbury is also home to National Instruments, Micro Focus, NTS Express Road Haulage, Jokers' Masquerade, Newbury Parcels and Quantel. It also is home to the Newbury Building Society, which operates in the region. London
London
Heathrow Airport, in the neighbouring London
London
Borough of Hillingdon, is a major contributor to the economy of Slough
Slough
in east Berkshire.[18] Agricultural produce[edit]

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Abingdon Abbey
Abingdon Abbey
once had dairy-based granges in the south-east of the county,[citation needed] Red Windsor
Red Windsor
Cheese was developed with red marbling. Some Berkshire
Berkshire
cheeses are Wigmore, Waterloo and Spenwood (named after Spencers Wood) in Riseley;[19] and Barkham
Barkham
Blue, Barkham Chase and Loddon Blewe at Barkham. Sport[edit] Horse racing[edit]

The grandstand at Ascot Racecourse

Berkshire
Berkshire
hosts more Group 1 flat horse races than any other county. Ascot Racecourse
Ascot Racecourse
is used for thoroughbred horse racing. It is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom, hosting 13 of the UK's 35 annual Group 1 races. The course is closely associated with the British Royal Family, being approximately 6 miles (10 km) from Windsor Castle, and owned by the Crown Estate.[20] Ascot today stages twenty-five days of racing over the course of the year, comprising sixteen Flat meetings held between May and October. The Royal Meeting, held in June, remains a major draw; the highlight is the Ascot Gold Cup. The most prestigious race is the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes run in July. Newbury Racecourse
Newbury Racecourse
is in the civil parish of Greenham, adjoining the town of Newbury. It has courses for flat races and over jumps. It hosts one of Great Britain's 32 Group 1 races, the Lockinge Stakes. It also hosts the Hennessy Gold Cup, which is said to be the biggest handicap race of the season apart from the Grand National.[21] Windsor Racecourse, also known as Royal Windsor Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in Windsor. It is one of only two figure-of-eight courses in the United Kingdom. (The other is at Fontwell Park). It abandoned National Hunt jump racing in December 1998, switching entirely to Flat racing. Lambourn
Lambourn
also has a rich history in horse racing, the well drained, spongy grass, open downs and long flats make the Lambourn
Lambourn
Downs ideal for training racehorses. This area of West Berkshire
West Berkshire
is the largest centre of racehorse training in the UK after Newmarket, and is known as the 'Valley of the Racecourse'.[22] Football[edit]

The Madejski Stadium
Madejski Stadium
in Reading

Reading F.C.
Reading F.C.
is the only Berkshire
Berkshire
football club to play professional football. The club did not join the Football League
Football League
until 1920, and first played in the top tier of English football in the 2006–07 season. Newbury was home to A.F.C. Newbury, which was for a period one of only two football clubs to be sponsored by Vodafone
Vodafone
(the other being Manchester United). In May 2006 Vodafone
Vodafone
ended its sponsorship of the club,[23] following which the club collapsed. A local pub team from the Old London
London
Apprentice took over the ground temporarily and now compete in the Hellenic Football League
Football League
as Newbury F.C. There are several amateur and semi-professional football clubs in the county. These include Maidenhead
Maidenhead
United, Slough
Slough
Town, Thatcham
Thatcham
Town, Ascot United, A.F.C. Aldermaston, Sandhurst Town, Windsor F.C., Wokingham
Wokingham
& Emmbrook F.C. and Bracknell
Bracknell
Town F.C. Rugby[edit] Reading is a centre for rugby union football, with the Aviva Premiership team London
London
Irish as tenants at the Madejski Stadium. Newbury's rugby union club, Newbury R.F.C.
Newbury R.F.C.
(the Newbury 'Blues'), is based in the town. In the 2004–05 season, the club finished second in the National Two division earning promotion to National One. Newbury had previously won National Four South (now renamed as National Three South) in 1996–97 with a 100% win record. In 2010–11 the club finished bottom of National League 2S,[24] with a single win and twenty-nine defeats. The club was founded in 1928 and in 1996 moved to a new purpose-built ground at Monks Lane,[25] which has since hosted England
England
U21 fixtures. Ice hockey[edit] The Bracknell
Bracknell
Bees Ice Hockey Club are former national champions, who play in the English Premier League. Slough
Slough
Jets also play in the English Premier League winning the title in 2007. Slough
Slough
Jets also won the play-offs in 2005–06, 2007–08, 2009–10 & 2011–12. they have finished in the top 4 in the last 9 seasons. They also won the EPIH Cup in 2010–11. Slough
Slough
Jets have been in the EPIHL since 1999. Hockey[edit] Slough
Slough
Hockey Club is home to the Slough
Slough
Ladies 1XI who play in the Women's Premier League. Slough
Slough
Hockey club have 5 adult teams; the Ladies 1XI play in the top tier of English Hockey, the Ladies 2XI play in the TrySports League, the Men's 1XI play in MBBO Regional 1, the Men's 2XI play in MBBO Division 3 & the Men's 3XI in the Thames Valley Conference. There are other hockey teams in the county: Reading Hockey Club, Sonning Hockey Club, Wokingham
Wokingham
Hockey Club, Maidenhead Hockey Club, Bracknell
Bracknell
Hockey Club, Windsor Hockey Club, Newbury & Thatcham
Thatcham
Hockey Club and Reading University Hockey Club. Education[edit] Berkshire
Berkshire
is home to the following universities: the University of Reading (which includes the Henley Business School), Imperial College ( Silwood Park
Silwood Park
Campus), and University of West London. It is also home to prestigious independent schools Ludgrove School, Eton College
Eton College
and Wellington College, and several grammar schools including Reading School, Kendrick School
Kendrick School
and Herschel Grammar School. Towns and villages[edit] See the List of places in Berkshire, List of settlements in Berkshire by population and the List of civil parishes in Berkshire Notable people[edit] See also: List of people from Reading, Berkshire
Reading, Berkshire
and List of people from Slough, Berkshire

King Edward III of England

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Ricky Gervais

Berkshire
Berkshire
has many notable people associated with it.

King Henry I of England
England
(1068/1069–1135; founded and buried at Reading Abbey) King Edward III of England
England
(b. 1312–1377; one of the most successful English monarchs of the Middle Ages) King Henry VI of England
England
(1421–1471; King of England, born at Windsor) Prince Albert Victor (1864–1892; eldest son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
(b. 1982; spouse of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge) Henry Addington, Viscount Sidmouth (1757–1844; former Prime Minister; donor of land for Royal Berkshire
Berkshire
Hospital)[26] George Alexander (1858–1918; actor and theatre manager) Jane Austen
Jane Austen
(1775–1817; author) Francis Baily
Francis Baily
(1774–1844; astronomer) Lucy Benjamin
Lucy Benjamin
(1970; actress) Michael Bond
Michael Bond
(1926-2017; author, creator of Paddington Bear) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(b. 1960; actor & film director)[27] Charlie Brooker
Charlie Brooker
(b. 1971; journalist) Richard Burns
Richard Burns
(1971–2005; rally driver)[28] David Cameron
David Cameron
(b. 1966; former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party from December 2005 to July 2016) Jimmy Carr
Jimmy Carr
(b. 1972; comedian) Emilia Clarke
Emilia Clarke
(b. 1986; actress) Emma Crosby (1977; television presenter) Uri Geller
Uri Geller
(b. 1946; mentalist) Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
(b. 1961; comedian)[29] Dani Harmer (b. 1989; actress) Chesney Hawkes
Chesney Hawkes
(b. 1971; pop singer) Lenny Henry
Lenny Henry
(b. 1958; comedian) Dan Howell
Dan Howell
(b. 1991; professional vlogger and BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1
presenter Nicholas Hoult
Nicholas Hoult
(b. 1989; actor) Kate Humble
Kate Humble
(b. 1968; television presenter) Joseph Huntley (b. 1775; innovative biscuit maker; founder of Huntley & Palmers)[30] Elton John
Elton John
(b. 1947; lives in Old Windsor) Peter Jones (b. 1966; entrepreneur) John Kendrick (1573–1624; merchant and mayor)[26] William Laud
William Laud
(1573–1645; former Archbishop of Canterbury)[26] Suzanna Leigh
Suzanna Leigh
(b. 1945; actress) Jeremy Kyle
Jeremy Kyle
(b. 1965; British radio and television presenter, best known for hosting his own daytime show The Jeremy Kyle
Jeremy Kyle
Show) Camilla Luddington
Camilla Luddington
(1983; actress) John Madejski
John Madejski
(b. 1941; entrepreneur and philanthropist)[31] Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
(b. 1965; director)[32] A. P. McCoy (b. 1974; jockey and winner of the 2010 Grand National
Grand National
and the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year) William Penn
William Penn
(1644–1718; founder of Pennsylvania)[33] Alexander Pope
Alexander Pope
(1688–1744; poet) Alexander Prior (b. 1992; composer and conductor) Lawrie Sanchez (b. 1959; former footballer and manager)[34] Ayrton Senna
Ayrton Senna
(1960–1994; racing driver, Formula One
Formula One
champion)[35] Mark Stephens (b. Old Windsor
Old Windsor
1957), solicitor and broadcaster, mediator, writer, educator and patron of the arts Jethro Tull (1674–1741; agriculturist) Chris Tarrant
Chris Tarrant
(b. 1946; radio broadcaster and host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?)[36] Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott
(b. 1989; footballer, originally for A.F.C. Newbury) Neil Webb (b. 1963; professional footballer)[37] Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
(1854–1900; poet and playwright, author of The Ballad of Reading Gaol, and prisoner in Reading Gaol)[26] Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(b. 1975; actress)[38] Will Young
Will Young
(b. 1979; singer-songwriter)

Places of interest[edit]

Key

Abbey/Priory/Cathedral

Accessible open space

Amusement/Theme Park

Castle

Country Park

English Heritage

Forestry Commission

Heritage railway

Historic House

Museum (free/not free)

National Trust

Theatre

Zoo

Basildon Park
Basildon Park
Beale Park Berkshire Downs
Berkshire Downs
Bisham Abbey
Bisham Abbey
Blake's Lock California Country Park Calleva Atrebatum
Calleva Atrebatum
Combe Gibbet
Combe Gibbet
Donnington Castle
Donnington Castle
Eton College Frogmore
Frogmore
House Greenham
Greenham
Common Highclere Castle
Highclere Castle
Lardon Chase, the Holies and Lough Down
Lardon Chase, the Holies and Lough Down
The Living Rainforest Legoland Windsor Museum of English Rural Life
Museum of English Rural Life
Museum of Reading
Museum of Reading
North Wessex Downs
North Wessex Downs
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Reading Abbey Reading School
Reading School
Grade II listed building designed by Alfred Waterhouse River Thames
River Thames
Shaw House Slough
Slough
Museum Stanlake Park Wine Estate
Stanlake Park Wine Estate
The Ridgeway
The Ridgeway
Walbury Hill
Walbury Hill
Watermill Theatre Welford Park
Welford Park
West Berkshire
West Berkshire
Museum Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Windsor Great Park
Windsor Great Park

See also[edit]

Berkshire
Berkshire
portal England
England
portal

Lord Lieutenant
Lord Lieutenant
of Berkshire High Sheriff
High Sheriff
of Berkshire Custos Rotulorum of Berkshire Berkshire
Berkshire
(UK Parliament constituency) Berkshire
Berkshire
Record Office Berkshire
Berkshire
(pig)

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