and towns in Berkshire
This town is best known for the world’s
most famous racecourse, It was formerly the village of East
Cote and was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne. The first four-day
Royal Meeting was held in June 1768 and has continued to the
present day. Today Ascot Racecourse stages 25 days of quality
flat and National Hunt racing each year. The Royal Meeting has
developed into a full list of fixtures. Racing takes place at
Ascot from May to October. The course has been undergoing a
lot of work and the 2005 "Royal Ascot" meeting was
in fact held in York.
is a modern town in the heart of Berkshire that is also home
to a lot of offices. It has a population of around 100,000.
South of Bracknell there a forest and heathway, close to Sandhurst
and Crowthorne. The countryside is seen as significant scientific
interest, with over 30 separate countryside areas to explore.
is located close to the M4 at Slough West between Slough
and Maidenhead at the westerly end of the Slough Trading Eatate.The
original village has greatly expanded in the 1980s with a large
development of houses at "Windsor Meadows"
so called because of the views towards Windsor Castle. There
is a large supermarket in the centre of the development.The
area now runs into Slough at the Chalvey end. The nearest railway
station is Burnham
located on the River Thames between Maidenhead and Marlow and
is a very picturesque riverside village. It has a colourful
and interesting historic background. There is evidence of Roman
occupation, however development of the town as it is known today
did not happen until Saxon occupation in the 8th century. There
are a number if Victorian houses and cottages throughout the
also Georgian cottages which provides evidence of development
in the 18th century. It is actually made up of three villages,
Cookham Village, Cookham Rise and Cookham Dean. Cookham Rise
is in the middle and has a train station on the Marlow to Maidenhead
line. There are one or two direct trains to London, Paddington
on a daily basis, but normally one needs to change at Maidenhead.
Has changed a lot over the years, however despite much modern
development, Datchet still manages to retain many features of
the quiet riverside settlement it once was. The older buildings
cluster around The Green with its central oak tree commemorating
Queen Victoria’s Jubilee, whilst those of later periods line
the roads which radiate towards the River where the Thameside
gardens form the most attractive feature. It is well located
for Slough, Windsor and London Heathrow and has a railway station
- London Paddington - South Wales.
most famous for Eton College. It is located on the River Thames
and can be accessed by the footbridge to Windsor (Closed
to traffic in the 1960's) and until boundary changes was in
Buckinghamshire. The college that was founded in 1440 by King
Henry VI takes up a large proportion of the town. The College
originally had 70 King’s Scholars or ‘Collegers’ who lived in
the College and were educated free, and a small number of ‘Oppidans’
who lived in the
town of Eton and paid for their education. Today it is a "public
school" for approximately 1,290 boys between the ages of
13 and 18, all of whom are boarders wearing their very distinctive
uniform - 2 / 3 piece tail suits.
Langley is located to the east of Slough and north of
the M4. It is a town with Langley College, shopping centre and
plenty of housing. To the north it borders countryside towards
Iver. There is a railway station for London Paddington. Its
history goes back to the 11th or early 12th century when St
Mary's Church was built.
is located on the River Thames and is part of the Royal
borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Maidenhead is seen as a New
Town compared with surrounding areas which are described as
ancient. The first bridge to span the Thames was built in 1225,
which in turn increased the amount of the population.Apart
having the River Thames running through it has the A4 (with
the M4 London to South Wales to the south) and main line rail
connections to London and South Wales. It has a very good shopping
centre and a lot of the original character of the town is retained.
It is now very much a popular commuter town and property is
expensive, there is a great choice of pubs and restaurants to
suit all budgets.
is set in the heart of the beautiful Thames Valley and has one
of the fastest growing centres for business, shopping and leisure.
Located just off the M4 and with the A4 running through it together
with the London Paddington - South Wales railway. It is situated
in England's Silicon Valley and home to major computer companies
like. Microsoft, Digital and Oracle and also many large commercial
companies i.e. Yellow Pages and British Gas. It is famous for
its red brick buildings, medieval churches and old coaching
inns, some of which date back over a thousand years. Reading
is a very lively and colourful town within the summer months,
with plenty of special events and festivals. The Reading Music
Festival being one of its most famous. One of the attractions
of this town is the Reading Museum.
is located between Langley and Maidenhead. The town began
to attract people when the Slough Station was opened in 1840.
In the early 1900s, the Trading Estate began to form and now
covers a large expanse north of Burnham Beeches stretching out
to Cippenham and Burnham and operated by Slough Estates. It
has undergone a rapid increase in growth, which has contributed
to its image as a thriving commercial and industrial town. The
high street used to be known as the "golden mile".
The shopping centre today now has the Queensmere and the Observatory
shopping malls. The population of the town has grown to
over 108,000 people. There is a Museum located close to the
Town Hall and still retains a mixture of old and new.
The town. is also home to The Thames Valley University and is
ideal for commuting with rail connections together with the
M4 and its proximity to London Heathrow airport.
See also Suters Department Stores
Slough History Here
is famous for Windsor Castle, that
is the largest inhabited stronghold in the world and England's
largest castle. It was once a wooden stockade built by William
the Conqueror. With over 900 years history, Windsor Castle has
become a favoured Royal residence. In 1917 George V declared
that his family and descendants would take the surname Windsor.
The town retains plenty of character from Peascod Street, up
Castle Hill. There is a popular Theatre opposite the castle
"Theatre Royal Windsor" and as the town is situated
on the River Thames (Opposite Eton) it is very popular with
residents and visitors. Windsor has two stations. A rail link
was built between Windsor and Slough so that Queen Victoria
could connect to travel to London (Paddington) and the other
line goes to London (Waterloo).
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