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Berkshire Reading, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Newbury, Windsor, Wokingham, Abingdon

The county is one of the oldest in England, being reliably dated back to the setting of the traditional county borders by King Alfred the Great of Wessex. The county takes its name from a large forest of birch trees that was called Bearroc (Celtic for 'hilly') and was originally a transaction of land to King Cenwalh of Wessex. At this time, it only consisted of the northerly and westerly parts of the current county. Berkshire has been the scene of many battles throughout history, during Alfred the Great's campaign against the Danes, including the Battle of Englesfield, 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 of Reading. Following the Local Government Act 1972, Abingdon (its traditional county town) and the Vale of the White Horse became part of Oxfordshire while Slough, which had been within Buckinghamshire, became part of Berkshire. Reading became the new county town. On 1 April 1998 Berkshire County Council was abolished 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 Virgina Water, and on the M4.

Places of interest
Ashdown House Basildon Park Berkshire Downs Bisham Abbey California Park Combe Gibbet Donnington Castle Eton College Frogmore House Lardon Chase, the Holies and Lough Down Legoland Windsor Museum of English Rural Life Museum of Reading Reading Abbey Walbury Hill Windsor Castle Windsor Great Park

Aldermaston Aldworth Arborfield Arborfield Cross Ascot Ashampstead Ashmore Green Aston Avington North Ascot Bagnor Barkham Basildon Beech Hill Beedon Beedon Common Beenham Binfield Bisham Boxford Bracknell Bradfield Bray Brightwalton Brimpton Brimpton Common Bucklebury Burchett's Green Burghfield Burghfield Common Calcot Catmore Caversham Chaddleworth Chapel Row Charvil Cheapside Chieveley Clewer Green Clewer New Town Clewer Village Cockpole Green Cold Ash Colnbrook Combe Compton Cookham Cookham Dean Cookham Rise Crookham Crowthorne Curridge Datchet Denford Park Donnington Dorney Dorney Reach Downend Dunsden Earley East Garston East Ilsley Eastbury Easthampstead Eddington Elcot Emmer Green Enborne Englefield Eton Eton Wick Farley Hill Farnborough Fawley Fifield Finchampstead Frilsham Goldfinch Bottom Grazeley Great Shefford Greenham Halfway Hampstead Norreys Hamstead Marshall Hare Hatch Hawthorn Hill Heckfield Heath Henwick Hermitage Hoe Benham Holyport Horton Hungerford Hungerford Newtown Hungerford Park Hunts Green Hurley Hurst Hythe End Inkpen Inkpen Common Kintbury Kintbury Holt Knowl Hill Lambourn Langley Leckhampstead Leverton Little Sandhurst Littlewick Green Lower Earley Lower Holway Lower Willey Maidenhead Maidens Green Marsh Benham Middlegreen Midgham Mortimer Mortimer Common Newbury Newell Green North Ascot North Street Oakley Green Old Windsor Owlsmoor Ownham Padworth Paley Street Pangbourne Peasemore Pingewood Purley Reading Remenham Remenham Hill Riseley Ruscombe Ryeish Green Sandhurst Shaw Sheffield Bottom Shefford Woodlands Shinfield Shiplake Cross Shurlock Row Sindlesham Slough Snelsmore Sonning South Ascot South Fawley Southend Speen Spencers Wood Stanford Dingley Stanmore Stockcross Stratfield Mortimer Streatley Sulham Sulhamstead Sunningdale Sunninghill Swallowfield Thatcham Theale Three Mile Cross Tidmarsh Tilehurst Tutts Clump Twyford Ufton Nervet Upper Basildon Upper Bucklebury Upper Denford Upper Green Upper Lambourn Upton Waltham St Lawrence Warfield Warfield Park Wargrave Warren Row Wasing Water Oakley Welford West Ilsley West Woodhay Weston Westridge Green Whistley Green White Waltham Whitley Wickham Wickham Heath Windsor Windsor Castle Winkfield Winkfield Row Winnersh Winterbourne Wokefield Park Wokingham Wooburn Town Woodlands Park Woodlands St Mary Woodley Woodside Woolhampton World's End Wraysbury

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