Reading, Berkshire

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Reading
Borough of Reading
Town & Borough
From top left: the Town Hall and St Laurence's Church, the Maiwand Lion, the Town Centre skyline from the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading Abbey and The Oracle
From top left: the Town Hall and St Laurence's Church, the Maiwand Lion, the Town Centre skyline from the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading Abbey and The Oracle
Motto: A Deo et Regina
With God and Queen
Reading shown within Berkshire
Reading shown within Berkshire
Coordinates: 51°27′15″N 0°58′23″W / 51.45417°N 0.97306°W / 51.45417; -0.97306Coordinates: 51°27′15″N 0°58′23″W / 51.45417°N 0.97306°W / 51.45417; -0.97306
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Ceremonial county Berkshire
Historic county Berkshire
(south of River Thames)
Oxfordshire
(north of River Thames)
Admin HQ Reading
Settled 871 or earlier
Town Status 1086 or earlier
Government
 • Type Unitary authorities
 • Governing bodies Reading Borough Council
West Berkshire Council (suburbs)
Wokingham Borough Council (suburbs)
 • Mayor Cllr Tony Jones[1]
 • Deputy Mayor Cllr Sarah Hacker
 • Leader Cllr Jo Lovelock[2]
 • Deputy Leader Cllr Tony Page[2]
Elevation 200 ft (61 m)
Population (2005 est.)
 • Town & Borough (Ranked )
 • Urban 318,014 (Ranked 20th in England and Wales)
 • Ethnicity 74.8% White (65.3% White British)
9.1% South Asian
6.7 % Black
3.9% Mixed Race
4.5% Chinese and Other Asian
0.9% Other
Demonym(s) Readingensian
Readingite
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
Postal Code RG
Area code(s) 0118
Grid Ref. SU713733
ONS code 00MC (ONS)
E06000038 (GSS)
ISO 3166-2 GB-RDG
NUTS 3 UKJ11
Website reading.gov.uk

Reading (pronounced: "Redding") is a large town in Berkshire in England. It is the largest town in England and the largest settlement in Berkshire. It is home to about 230,000 people. Reading is found in South East England, between London and Bristol. The River Thames goes through the town. Reading replaced Abingdon as the county town of Berkshire in 1867.

TV presenter Chris Tarrant (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?) and comedian Ricky Gervais are from Reading, and also actress Kate Winslet, who has a road named after her. Musician Mike Oldfield is also from Reading. The town has two universities and is famous for its rock festival. Reading is home to Premiership football and rugby teams.

There is a large statue of a lion in Forbury Gardens, and local legend has it that the sculptor killed himself by jumping off the top because he had sculpted the legs wrong. The lion is a memorial to soldiers from Berkshire who were killed in Maiwand, (Afghanistan) in a war in 1880.

Reading is the home of a school which used to be a Hospital in World War I and 2, it is named Redlands Primary School.

Madejski stadium is home to the Reading Football Club who's nickname is: The Royals also known as the biscuit men. The stadium was first opened in August 22nd 1998..

Reading is the largest town in England. Of course, there are larger cities in England but Reading has not been granted city status and it doesn't have a cathedral.

Also reading is home to the Oracle, a huge shopping centre and a large university named University of Reading.

Reading began life as a Saxon Settlement. Reading was originally called Reada Ingas, which means people of Reada.

Reada was a Saxon leader in the area with his tribe in the 6th century.

The Normans built a wooden castle in Reading it was later replaced by a stone castle. The king then demolished the castle in 1152 fearing it might come to the hands of his enemies.

Reading was an important centre in the medieval period, as the site of Reading Abbey, a monastery with strong royal connections

The Huntley and Palmer's biscuit factory was the biggest in the world in 1914 and one factory was built on Kings Road by George Palmer in 1846.

The blade in central Reading is the tallest building in Reading, it is 86 meters tall. It is visible from many places in the town.

Palmer Park was found by George Palmer and it has the statue of George Palmer. Palmer Park was built for his workers to rest and people still enjoy using the park today.

There is a very famous hospital called The Royal Berkshire Hospital. It was opened in 1839.

Lots of schools in Reading took part in Beat The Street in 2015.

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