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Towns & Small Cities of England & Wales

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Welcome to this new thread where I will showcase my photos from towns and small cities (where I haven't taken enough photos to warrant their own thread) around England and Wales.
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Reading
BERKSHIRE

These photos were taken on Friday 19th July 2013. Reading is a large town and unitary authority area in Berkshire. It is located in the Thames Valley at the confluence of the River Thames and River Kennet, and on both the Great Western Main Line railway and the M4 motorway. Reading is located 36 miles (58 km) east from Swindon, and 36 miles (58 km) west of central London.

The Borough of Reading has a population of 145,700 (2008 estimate) and the town formed the largest part of the Reading/Wokingham Urban Area which had a population of 369,804 (2001 census). The town is currently represented in the UK parliament by two members, and has been continuously represented there since 1295. For ceremonial purposes the town is in the county of Berkshire and has served as its county town since 1867, previously sharing this status with Abingdon-on-Thames.

The first evidence for Reading as a settlement dates from the 8th century. Reading was an important centre in the medieval period, as the site of Reading Abbey, a monastery with strong royal connections. The town was seriously impacted by the English Civil War, with a major siege and loss of trade, and played a pivotal role in the Revolution of 1688, with that revolution's only significant military action fought on the streets of the town. The 19th century saw the coming of the Great Western Railway and the development of the town's brewing, baking and seed growing businesses.

Today Reading is a commercial centre, with involvement in information technology and insurance, and, despite its proximity to London, has a net inward commuter flow. The town is also a retail centre serving a large area of the Thames Valley, and is home to the University of Reading. Every year it hosts the Reading Festival, one of England's biggest music festivals. Sporting teams based in Reading include Reading Football Club and the London Irish rugby union team, and over 15,000 runners annually compete in the Reading Half Marathon.

For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reading,_Berkshire


































Good shots of Reading.
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Reading is one cute mid-sized city and I like the old as well as the modern architecture.
^^ Thanks very much guys!

Any more comments are much appreciated. :)
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Reading appears much more pleasant than I had imagined.
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^^ Perhaps the sun helped but I also did not expect Reading to be as nice as it is. The number of times I've gone through it on the train and never set foot. :)
Indeed, ive been through it on a train more times than I can count and it looks a little grim when passing through but these photos are extemely pleasant. Who knows maybe one day if I have time I might get off the train and explore a little. Thanks for an excellent thread
Reading appears much more pleasant than I had imagined.
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^^ It certainly is a pleasant surprise. Glad you like the thread. Many more photos to come. :)
The centre of Reading looks most attractive Mike, a place I've only been through on the train. I remember the station was in for a major facelift a few years ago. Any idea?
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^^ Thanks. Yes, which leads very nicely on to the next update. :)
Your pictures have certainly encouraged an interest in visiting Reading. I have family down that way - so it is on the radar, so to speak!
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^^ Thanks Jane, glad I can have given an insight. I wouldn't say it's the most exciting place but it certainly exceeds expectations. There is probably a bit more that I haven't seen. :)
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Here's some info about the station:

http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/Your-journey/Rail-improvements/Reading-station-improvements

Next batch of photos on the following page.
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