A report on Berkshire

Windsor Castle, viewed from the Long Walk
Virginia Water Lake on the southern edge of Windsor Great Park
Historic map of Berkshire
The Oracle Corporation campus
Slough Trading Estate plays a major part in making Slough an important business centre in South East England
The grandstand at Ascot Racecourse
The Select Car Leasing Stadium in Reading
King Edward III of England
Catherine, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
Ricky Gervais

Historic county in South East England.

- Berkshire
Windsor Castle, viewed from the Long Walk

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Reading, Berkshire

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The earliest map of Reading, published in 1611 by John Speed
View of Reading from Caversham by Joseph Farington in 1793
Reading Town Hall
Current boundaries of the Borough of Reading
The gateway as restored in 2018
River Kennet during the 2007 floods at the riverside level of The Oracle
Borough of Reading population growth rate from 1801 to 2011
Reading International Business Park. This crescent of offices beside the A33 are home to Verizon, a telecommunications company. They were formerly the European headquarters of WorldCom before its demise
The front of the store on Broad Street
The central lake makes a virtue of the necessity of flood alleviation measures
Green Park wind turbine viewed from Lime Square
Aerial view of Reading Festival 2007
The Abbey Gateway, where Jane Austen went to school
The Maiwand Lion in Forbury Gardens
The Royal Berkshire Hospital original frontage, built in 1839 with bath stone
The former hospitium
The River Thames from Caversham Bridge looking eastwards
Aerial view of Reading station in August 2014
A Great Western Railway with a service to London
Reading station platforms showing new footbridge
Part of the University of Reading's main Whiteknights Campus
Entrance to the Museum
The rear garden, with the original East Thorpe House in the centre
St Mary's Church tower, chequered with flint and ashlar
The interior of the ruined chapter house
The Madejski Stadium, home of Reading Football Club
The Madejski Stadium as viewed from the stadium's north stand.
The Voco Reading Hotel, pictured when still known as the Millennium Madejski
The Reading Half Marathon 2004 climbing Russell Street in West Reading

Reading is a town and borough in Berkshire, South-East England.

Brasenose Lane in Oxford city centre, a street onto which three colleges back.


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Landlocked county in the far west of the government statistical region of South East England.

Landlocked county in the far west of the government statistical region of South East England.

Brasenose Lane in Oxford city centre, a street onto which three colleges back.
The University of Oxford's Chemistry Research Laboratory.
The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, a ‘textbook’ example of the English medieval manor house.
Wantage Market Place

The ceremonial county borders Warwickshire to the north-west, Northamptonshire to the north-east, Buckinghamshire to the east, Berkshire to the south, Wiltshire to the south-west and Gloucestershire to the west.

Part of the facade of Camp Hopson of Newbury, dating from 1663 with classical brick pilasters, in 2014.

Newbury, Berkshire

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Part of the facade of Camp Hopson of Newbury, dating from 1663 with classical brick pilasters, in 2014.
Donnington Castle
The pedestrianised Northbrook Street
Greenham Common in the late 80s
Newbury Town Hall, completed in 1881
View of Newbury and surroundings from Donnington Castle
Part of the Vodafone Headquarters
The Kennet and Avon Canal runs through the middle of Newbury
The Newbury Bypass near Donnington
The bridge next to the Lock Stock and Barrel pub
Cheap Street
Main Street in Newbury, view from the Bridge
Intersection between Northcroft Street, Northbrook Street and Bridge Street
The Berkshire Stand and The Grandstand at Newbury Racecourse
Newbury R.F.C. home ground
The Corn Exchange
St Nicolas' Church
Richard Adams
Francis Baily

Newbury is a market town in the county of Berkshire, England, and is home to the administrative headquarters of West Berkshire Council.

River Thames

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River that flows through southern England including London.

River that flows through southern England including London.

A statue of Old Father Thames by Raffaelle Monti at St John's Lock, Lechlade
Sculpture of Tamesis. Downstream keystone of the central arch of Henley Bridge
The marker stone at the official source of the River Thames named Thames Head near Kemble
The Seven Springs source
The Thames Barrier provides protection against floods
The Thames passes by some of the sights of London, including the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye
The Thames passing through the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
The Jubilee River at Slough Weir
St John's Lock, near Lechlade
The River Thames in Oxford
London Stone at Staines, built in 1285 marked the customs limit of the Thames and the City of London's jurisdiction
Waterstand of Thames at low tide (left) and high tide (right) in comparison at Blackfriars Bridge in London
London City Airport is on the site of a dock
European LGM refuges, 20,000 years ago. The Thames was a minor river that joined the Rhine, in the southern North Sea basin at this time.
A geological map of the London Basin; the London Clay is marked in dark brown
The confluence of the Rivers Thames and Brent. The narrowboat is heading up the River Brent. From this point as far as Hanwell the Brent has been canalised and shares its course with the main line of the Grand Union Canal. From Hanwell the Brent can be traced to various sources in the Barnet area.
Swan Upping – skiffs surround the swans
Fishing at Penton Hook Island
The Tower of London begun in the 11th century, with Tower Bridge, built 800 years later
A 1616 engraving by Claes Van Visscher showing the Old London Bridge, with St Mary's Overie (over-the-river), now Southwark Cathedral in the foreground
River Thames frost fair, circa 1685
Michael Faraday giving his card to Father Thames, caricature commenting on a letter of Faraday's on the state of the river in The Times in July 1855
Satirical cartoon by William Heath, showing a woman observing monsters in a drop of London water (at the time of the Commission on the London Water Supply report, 1828)
The Thames as it flows through east London, with the Isle of Dogs in the centre
Houseboats on the River Thames, in the St Margaret's, Twickenham district
Passenger service on the River Thames
The London Cable Car, over the River Thames
Pool of London looking west, from the high-level walkway on Tower Bridge. Click on the picture for a longer description
A container ship unloading at Northfleet Hope terminal, Tilbury
A ship heading downstream past Coryton Refinery
Rubbish traps are used on the Thames to filter debris as it flows through central London
Newbridge, in rural Oxfordshire
The Railway bridge at Maidenhead
The Millennium Footbridge with St Paul's Cathedral in the background
Cambridge cross the finish line ahead of Oxford in the 2007 Boat Race, viewed from Chiswick Bridge
Thames Raters at Raven's Ait, Surbiton
A seal in the river at St Saviour's Dock, London
The flooded Canvey Island sea front, amusements and residential areas in 1953
Houses of Parliament Sunlight Effect (Le Parlement effet de soleil) – Claude Monet
The first Westminster Bridge as painted by Canaletto in 1746.
The River Thames from Richmond House by Canaletto, 1747
Maidenhead Railway Bridge as Turner saw it in 1844
Monet's Trouée de soleil dans le brouillard, Houses of Parliament, London, Sun Breaking Through the Fog, 1904
Whistler's Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Old Battersea Bridge (c. 1872–1875)
Foggy Morning on the Thames – James Hamilton (between 1872 and 1878)
Boating on the Thames - John Lavery, circa 1890

The Anglian ice advance resulted in a new course for the Thames through Berkshire and on into London, after which the river rejoined its original course in southern Essex, near the present River Blackwater estuary.

Slough Town Hall


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Slough Town Hall
Slough Trading Estate played a major part in making Slough an important business centre in South East England.
Elliman's Embrocation
Old Town Hall: Council's headquarters 1937-2011, now a school.

Slough is a large town and unparished area in the unitary authority of the same name in Berkshire, England (within the historic county of Buckinghamshire of which part of the town spills over to), 20 mi west of central London (Charing Cross) and 19 mi north-east of Reading.

South East England

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One of the nine official regions of England at the first level of ITL for statistical purposes.

One of the nine official regions of England at the first level of ITL for statistical purposes.

Uffington White Horse, a prehistoric hill figure on the Berkshire Downs.
Harwell Science and Innovation Campus seen from the air in September 2015; the JANET academic computer network is headquartered there.
Terramycin, an early antibiotic developed by Pfizer in Kent, synthesised by American chemist Robert Burns Woodward, and led to the common antibiotic doxycycline.
South Foreland Lighthouse on Dover cliffs.
BritNed connects from the Isle of Grain in Medway to the TenneT network in the Netherlands.
England population density and low elevation coastal zones. South East England is particularly vulnerable to sea level rise
View of South East England coast from northern France.
The Litlington White Horse situated in the South Downs.
General Election results in 2017.
How the region voted in the 2016 European referendum; in the South East England region, only the Spelthorne district in Surrey strongly wanted to leave the EU; propensity for the EU followed the M3 and M4 corridors, western Oxfordshire and central parts of Sussex, including Brighton and Hove.
Reading School often gets the highest percentage of Oxbridge acceptances for a state school in England.
Tom Tower of Christ Church, Oxford; in 1920, the University of Oxford was the first in the UK to award degrees to women.
Redhill with the diesel Class 166 service run by First Great Western to Reading as the line has not got the Third rail electrification fully installed on the North Downs Line
Most main routes in the region are radials from London. Shown here is the A21. It is one of the major north–south routes connecting London and commuter towns and the coast
Vodafone HQ north of Newbury; it arrived as Racal-Vodafone in 1983, when Bayer also arrived; Vodafone is the world's second-biggest mobile phone company (the world's largest privately owned) with £40 billion of revenue and 464 million customers, and profits of £11bn; it has around 19M UK customers, and by value makes up about 5% of the FTSE 100.
Horlicks factory in Slough; GSK Slough makes 14,000 tonnes a year.
Jealott's Hill Research Station (pesticides), former ICI Plant Protection Division.
Sheilas' Wheels outside the head office of esure in Reigate; esure was started by Peter Wood.
Esso UK is based in Leatherhead; Esso have around 1,100 petrol stations in the UK - 14% of all stations, and pays around £7bn in UK tax, and own the Brent oil field; the site is also the worldwide base of ExxonMobil Aviation Fuels and Marine.
Martin-Baker Mk 9 ejection seat; Martin-Baker seats have saved around 950 RAF pilots, and around 7600 pilots around the world, and were developed by Sir James Martin (1893–1981) from Northern Ireland.
Argos head office on Avebury Boulevard in Milton Keynes; Argos was established in 1973 from what was the Green Shield Stamps company and shops, and since 2016 has been owned by Sainsbury's, formerly Home Retail Group.
The OU at Milton Keynes.
HQ of Draper Tools.
Ordnance Survey headquarters at Adanac Park.
National Air Traffic Service headquarters at Swanwick.
The AA's headquarters at Fanum House in Basingstoke.
Virgin Atlantic on Manor Royal in Crawley; Virgin has 12 747s compared to BA's 56, but both have around 18 of the new Airbus 380; Gatwick now flies 40 million passengers a year, a world record for a single-runway airport.
Around 1,000 Minis are made each day in Cowley; BMW bought the plant in 1994 and has made around 3m since 2001; there are 4,500 staff and around ten miles of conveyors; the engines are made at Hams Hall in North Warwickshire.
Williams F1 at Grove, next to the Great Western Main Line and A338, north of Wantage.
BBC Research was based until 2010 in Kingswood Warren near Reigate in Surrey on the A217, which was responsible for developing stereo and HD TV broadcasts and teletext.
Michael Whyte on Highpark Lad at the British Jumping Derby at Hickstead in June 2011.
The Bat & Ball Inn, Clanfield, the birthplace of cricket.

It consists of the counties of Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey and West Sussex.

M4 bridge over the River Neath (left)
original A48(M) bridge (right)

M4 motorway

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Motorway in the United Kingdom running from west London to southwest Wales.

Motorway in the United Kingdom running from west London to southwest Wales.

M4 bridge over the River Neath (left)
original A48(M) bridge (right)
Animated map showing build progress at five-years (or greater) intervals.
Note: When the Second Severn Crossing was opened in 1996, the M4 was re-routed and the section of motorway between Junctions 21 to 23 became the M48.
Construction of electronic indicator signs for the variable speed limit scheme at junction 27 and a new concrete reservation (2010)
Brynglas Tunnels – western portals
M4 bus lane near Norwood Green
M4 junction with the M25 near Heathrow Airport

Junction 8/9 near Maidenhead, Berkshire, and High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire is the only one in the UK with dual numbers.

Maidenhead High Street


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Maidenhead High Street
Map of Maidenhead from 1945
Classic Victorian architecture—All Saints' Church, Boyne Hill
Maidenhead clock tower outside the railway station
Maidenhead Town Hall
Maidenhead Library
Maidenhead Railway Bridge built by Brunel
Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway by Turner (1844) depicts an early locomotive of the Great Western Railway crossing the River Thames on Brunel's recently completed Maidenhead Railway Bridge.
The entrance to York Road, the oldest continuously used senior football ground in the world
William Grenfell, 1st Baron Desborough was an all round sportsman, politician and public servant who performed many good works for the town.

Maidenhead is a market town in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in the county of Berkshire, England, on the southwestern bank of the River Thames.

Map of Bucks (1904)


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Map of Bucks (1904)
The River Thames at Medmenham
Suburban housing, Chesham
Bucks County Council's County Hall
Wendover Dean
Neolithic Barrow, Whiteleaf Hill
Offices, Milton Keynes
Ercol furniture factory, Princes Risborough
Stowe Landscape Garden
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden
The M40 in the Chilterns
Local bus, Amersham
Little Kimble railway station, a typical rural village halt on the Aylesbury–Princes Risborough line
Milton Keynes Central railway station provides intercity and commuter services on the West Coast Main Line
The Gateway Building, Buckinghamshire New University, High Wycombe.
John Milton's cottage, Chalfont
Buckingham church seen from across the Ouse

Buckinghamshire, abbreviated Bucks, is a ceremonial county in South East England that borders Greater London to the south-east, Berkshire to the south, Oxfordshire to the west, Northamptonshire to the north, Bedfordshire to the north-east and Hertfordshire to the east.

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

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Map of wards within Windsor and Maidenhead

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is a Royal Borough of Berkshire, in South East England.