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Berkshire
The Royal County of Berkshire lies to the west of London in the fertile Thames valley.

Following local government reorganisation in 1998 it ceased to be an administrative county, government having been devolved to six unitary district authorities.

This is not the first reorganisation to affect the county, in 1974 a number of major changes took place. A large area to the north west as far as Abingdon was transferred to Oxfordshire, and Slough (formerly in Buckinghamshire) became part of Berkshire.

Here are links to a number of sites with information about places, people and organisations throughout the area previously covered by Berkshire County Council from 1974 to 1998.

Please mail me if you have any suggestions for further additions to this list.

Berkshire Map Newbury Reading Windsor Slough Windsor Bracknell Wokingham

Unitary Authorities

Bracknell   West Berkshire (Newbury)   Reading   Slough   Windsor & Maidenhead   Wokingham

General


Local Information

  • UK Tourism Guide Accomodation, activities, attractions and events in Berkshire.

Religion

Education & Music

Emergency Services

Organisations

Sport

Media

Local History

Museums etc

Transport

  • First Great Western Reading to London Paddington, the South West, South Wales and the Cotswolds
  • South West Trains Reading to Wokingham, Bracknell, Ascot and London Waterloo, and Windsor to London Waterloo
  • First Great Western Link Reading to Newbury, Maidenhead, Slough, Wokingham, London Paddington, Oxford, Gatwick Airport etc
  • CrossCountry Trains Reading to Birmingham, Manchester, Scotland, the South Coast etc

Other


Bracknell


Bracknell is a new town which has grown rapidly, it is the location of the European headquarters of several major businesses.

The district name of Bracknell Forest reflects the fact that this area was once part of Windsor Forest.

Local Government

Local Information

Local History

Organisations

Churches

Education

Sport

Media

Transport

  • First Beeline provides bus services in Bracknell, and to Wokingham, Reading, Windsor and Slough
  • Courtney Coaches provides bus services between Bracknell and Maidenhead
  • See general transport links for rail services

Entertainment


Reading


Reading is the largest town in the area. It was formerly the county town of Berkshire, and is currently seeking city status.

Local Government

Local Information

Local History

Churches

Museums

Education

Hospitals etc

Sport

Media

Transport

Entertainment

Shopping


Slough


Slough is an industrial town in the east of the county. Until the local government reorganisation of 1974 it was in Buckinghamshire.

Local Government

Local History

  • Slough history according to the BBC.

Churches

Education

Hospitals etc

Sport

Media

Transport


West Berkshire
(Newbury)


The western part of Berkshire is much less densely populated than the east. The major town is Newbury.

Local Government

Local History

Organisations

Education

Hospitals etc

Museums

Churches

Castles & Houses

Media

Sport


Windsor & Maidenhead


This area is called the Royal Borough because of its association with royalty. It is, of course, the location of Windsor Castle.

Local Government

Local Information

Local History

Castles & Houses

Museums

Churches

Education

Hospitals etc

Sport

Media

Transport

Entertainment

  • Legoland an ideal theme park for young families

Wokingham


Wokingham is a market town which has expanded greatly in recent years.

Local Government

Local Information

Local History

Churches

Education

Sport

Museums etc

Transport

Entertainment


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