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History of Reading

History of Reading
  • council: Reading Borough Council
  • population: 143,096
  • phone code: 0118
  • postcode area: RG1, RG2, RG4, RG6,
  • county: Berkshire
  • twin Towns: Düsseldorf, Germany

Reading is a large town in the county of Berkshire in the South of England. Founded back in the 8th Century, Reading has since become a centre for industry along the M4 Corridor and also the host of one of England's most famous music festivals.

The town has had two major periods of growth in its history, the first being in the 12th century with the construction of Reading Abbey and the second during the 19th century as Great Western Railway led to the town becoming a manufacturing centre. These days Reading plays and important part in the I.T. industry with Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett Packard and Fujtisu all operating in the town.

Reading has excellent transport links, its location in the Thames Valley meaning it is an important part of England's transport network. The M4 runs right by Reading and train services to all over the country leave Reading station daily. London Heathrow is only 25miles away.

Leisure also plays an important part in the town's activities, with the major Reading Festival operating every year. There are also excellent theatres, art galleries and numerous sports teams to watch.

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