Local marketing - Get visible
Reading Change location
Find a business Find a business
Find a business Latest Reviews

East Berks Fencing & Gates

Fencing & Gates Fencing & Gates

"My brother is delighted to have his privacy at last - thank you for the new fence you have done - very professional service Mrs I"

Mr McDonut Childrens Entertainer

Childrens Entertainer Childrens Entertainer

"Dear Mr McDonut Thank you so much! Evan had a wonderful 3rd birthday party thanks to you! You kept 12 children (largely under 5yrs"

LTJ Hypnotherapy For Weight Loss

Hypnotherapy For Weight Loss Hypnotherapy For Weight Loss

"Had my three sessions with Louise at LTJ Hypnotherapy - can honestly say the sessions have helped me think more about the food i a"

Fiona Miller Life Coach

Life Coaching For Women Life Coaching For Women

"Fiona is an excellent coach, steering me towards, and helping me achieve, my goals in a sensitive, caring and, when necessary, a r"

Body By Vi

Independent Promoter Independent Promoter

"In the space of 6 months I have given up a good job in a very large corporate company to promote the Challenge full time. I quick"

Appledore Dental Clinic

Dentists Dentists

"I write to congratulate the centre and in particular Neale Katz. Having been a person extremely nervous of all dentistry, I ha"

Mr McDonut Childrens Entertainer

Childrens Entertainer Childrens Entertainer

"Dear Mr McDonut I wanted to thank you for the great 5th birthday party you gave my daughter Amba. Amba absolutely loved the speci"

Lumo Marketing

Web Solutions Web Solutions

"Website Design Social Media Marketing Online Reputation Management PPC Management Search Engine Optimization "

MWAH Bournemouth

Hair Extensions Hair Extensions

"I had the pleasure of meeting Simone 4 years ago if not longer when she advised me on my hair through a friend of hers in bournemo"

East Berks Fencing Contractor

Fencing Contractors Fencing Contractors

"Thanks for doing the job as quickly as you did, my wife and i are both really happy with the way the job has been done, and the sp"

The Dance Studio

Dance Schools - Classes Dance Schools - Classes

"Hi my Name is Kwaku prince am in Ghana Telecom University college, Am kind of trying to Introduce Salsa in my school but don\'t kn"

MWAH Bournemouth

Hair Extensions Hair Extensions

"I\'ve had my hair extensions in for 2 years and I was like a different woman after the first time Simone did my hair. I cant tell "

PRD Marketing Services

Marketing Consultants & Services Marketing Consultants & Services

"Database setup/cleansing/management Lead Generation/Appointment Making Cold & Warm Calling Vertical Market/Segmentation Target"

MWAH Bournemouth Make Up

Bridal Makeup Bridal Makeup

"\"I was extremely pleased with my wedding makeup trial, the overall effect of my airbrush makeup looked and felt amazing. You\'re "

East Berks Fencing

Fencing Fencing

"Thanks for a nice neat job with the new fence - will be happy to provide a reference if you ever require Mr Arbone Crowthorne, B"

Popular Searches
More local stuff

History of Reading Berkshire

 

Reading is in the county of Berkshire in the south east of England. Reading has served as the county town since 1867 and was founded in the eighth century. Reading began life as a Saxon settlement and was originally called Reada Ingas, which means the people of Reada.

Reada was a Saxon leader who settled in the area with his tribe in the 6th century. Reading Abbey was founded by King Henry I in 1121 where he moved with his family and was later buried there in December 1135.

The Abbey was opened by St. Thomas A'Becket. He was the Archbishop of Canterbury who was hacked to pieces in his Cathedral because he wouldn't do what the King wanted.

Reading prospered in the middle ages because it was on the main road between London and the West of England. There were many fullers in Reading as well as dyers, weavers, and tailors. The leather industry was one of the largest trades in Reading were the Leather was tanned then was used to make shoes, hats, bottles and saddles.

There were also many vintners (wine merchants) as the upper class mainly drank wine. The Sun Inn in Castle Street is the most fascinating of Reading's old pubs. It has a Norman archway which once led to a large underground hall.

There were 3 parishes in the town, St Marys, St Giles and St Laurence's. In the middle Ages each parish had to have butts where all men practiced archery.

By the end of the 16th century Reading was home to over 3,000 people during the medieval period and Tudor times.

Reading also started to grow rich on its trade in cloth which was the main source of income for the economy, however the taxes levied on the town by the garrison badly damaged its cloth trade, and it did not recover.

Reading, like other towns, suffered outbreaks of plague in the 16th and 17th century. From 1646 the town council set aside houses where people suffering from the plague could be quarantined.

The 18th century saw the beginning of a major iron works in the town and the growth of the brewing trade for which Reading was to become famous.

The opening of the Kennet and Avon Canal in 1810 made it possible to go by barge from Reading to the Bristol Channel. This brought not only better transport but opened opportunities for trade and tourism. Reading Railway Station opened on the 30th March 1840. It was a temporary western terminus of the original line of the Great Western Railway.

In the 19th century the town also made ‘Reading Sauce', described as a sharp sauce flavored with onions, spices, and herbs, very like Worcestershire Sauce. During World War II Reading was considered a 'safe' town (one unlikely to be bombed). Therefore many children from London were evacuated to Reading early in the war. But it was not entirely safe. In an air raid on 10 February 1941 41 people were killed and 153 were injured.

The local shopping centre, The Oracle, built in 1999, is not named after the US database company but rather after the 17th century workhouse founded by John Kendrick which previously occupied the site. The original ‘Oracle' gates can be seen in the Museum of Reading in the town hall and still stands proud today.


Show page options +