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A brief introduction to the county of Berkshire - including its towns and villages. This information is provided by your local web design company. Call now on +44 845 838 1344.

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The county is one of the oldest in England. It may date from the 840s, the probable period of the unification of 'Sunningum' (East Berkshire) and 'Ashdown' (the Berkshire Downs, probably including the Kennet Valley). The county is first mentioned by name in 860. According to Asser, it takes its name from a large forest of box trees that was called Bearroc (believed, in turn, to be a Celtic word meaning 'hilly').

Did you know, the Queen's Windsor Castle is in Berkshire

Berkshire (located in the Thames Valley region - South East of England) has been the scene of many battles throughout history, during Alfred the Great's campaign against the Danes, including the Battle of Englefield, the Battle of Ashdown and the Battle of Reading. During the English Civil War there were two battles in Newbury. During the Glorious Revolution of 1688, there was a second Battle at Reading, also known as the 'Battle of Broad Street'.


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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 took over functions of the Berkshire Quarter Sessions, covering an area known as 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 becoming part of the Reading county borough, and cessions in the Oxford area.

On April 1, 1974, following the Local Government Act 1972, the northern part of the county became part of Oxfordshire, with Faringdon, Wantage and Abingdon and hinterland becoming the Vale of White Horse district, and Didcot and Wallingford going to form part of the South Oxfordshire district. In return, Berkshire obtained the towns of Slough and Eton and part of the former Eton Rural District from Buckinghamshire. The original Local Government White Paper would have transferred Henley-on-Thames from Oxfordshire to Berkshire : this proposal did not make it into the Bill as introduced.

On 1 April 1998 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. 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, and on the M4.

Places of interest in Berkshire

  1. Ashdown House
  2. Basildon Park
  3. Berkshire Downs
  4. Bisham Abbey
  5. California Country Park
  6. Combe Gibbet
  7. Donnington Castle
  8. Eton College
  9. Frogmore House
  10. Greenham Common
  11. Lardon Chase, the Holies and Lough Down
  12. Legoland Windsor
  13. Museum of English Rural Life
  14. Museum of Reading
  15. Reading Abbey
  16. Stanlake Park Wine Estate
  17. The Ridgeway
  18. Walbury Hill
  19. Welford Park
  20. Windsor Castle
  21. Windsor Great Park

Source en.wikipedia.org

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