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  1. By 1525, Reading was the largest town in Berkshire, and tenth in England for taxable wealth. The town was seriously affected by the English Civil War, with a major siege and loss of trade, but played a pivotal role in the Glorious Revolution, whose only significant military action was fought on its streets.

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  2. Welcome to Visit Reading, the official tourism site for Reading and the wider Reading region, where you can explore things to do in Reading , find out what's on, and find inspiration of areas to explore when you visit our wonderfully cultural and diverse town. Known for its beer, biscuits and bulbs in the industrial revolution, Reading has transformed into a vibrant, metropolitan town located on the River Thames and Kennet & Avon Canal.

  3. Reading, town and unitary authority, geographic and historic county of Berkshire, southern England, 38 miles (61 km) west of London. It is an important junction of railways running west from London and south from the Midlands, and the Kennet and Avon Canal (to Bath and Bristol) and the River Thames afford it connections by water. It lies on the River Kennet where it joins the Thames.

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  5. Reading is a large, historic town in Berkshire in the South East of England. Photo: Jystyn, Public domain. Reading Latitude 51.4567° or 51° 27' 24" north Longitude -0.9697° or 0° 58' 11" west Population 163,000 Elevation 167 feet (51 metres) IATA airport code XRE United Nations Location Code GB RDN Open Location Code 9C3XF24J+M4 Open­Street­Map ID

  6. About Reading Just west of London, Reading offers redbrick Victorian buildings, medieval ruins, a thriving university, and pretty waterside walks along the Thames River. Its student community and annual rock-music blowout—the Reading Festival—add an offbeat edge. Essential Reading Do Places to see, ways to wander, and signature experiences.

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