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Town & Borough
The Oracle, Town Hall and St Laurence's Church, Skyline from Reading West, Reading Abbey and Reading Festival
Motto: A Deo et Regina
With God and Queen
Reading shown within Berkshire
Coordinates: 51°27′15″N 0°58′23″W / 51.45417°N 0.97306°W / 51.45417; -0.97306Coordinates: 51°27′15″N 0°58′23″W / 51.45417°N 0.97306°W / 51.45417; -0.97306
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Ceremonial county Berkshire
Admin HQ Reading
Settled 871 or earlier
Town Status 1086 or earlier
 • Type Unitary authorities
 • Governing bodies Reading Borough Council, but also including parts of Wokingham Borough and West Berkshire
Elevation 200 ft (61 m)
Population (2005 est.)
 • Town & Borough (Ranked )
 • Urban 369,804 (Ranked 17th in UK)
 • Ethnicity 74.8% White (65.3% White British)
9.1% South Asian
6.7 % Black
3.9% Mixed Race
4.5% Chinese and Other Asian
0.9% Other [1]
Demonym Readingensian
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
Postal Code RG
Area code(s) 0118
Twin cities
 • Düsseldorf Germany (since 1988)
 • Clonmel Ireland (since 1994)
 • S.Francisco Libre Nicaragua (since 1994)
 • Speightstown Barbados (since 2003)
Grid Ref. SU713733
ONS code 00MC (ONS)
E06000038 (GSS)
ISO 3166-2 GB-RDG

Reading (pronounced: "Redding") is a large town in Berkshire in England. It is home to about 230,000 people. Reading is found in southern England, between London and Bristol. The River Thames goes through the town. Reading replaced Abingdon as the county town of Berkshire in 1867.

TV presenter Chris Tarrant (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) and comedian Ricky Gervais are from Reading, and also actress Kate Winslet, who has a road named after her. Musician Mike Oldfield is also from Reading. The town has two universities and is famous for its rock festival. Reading is home to Premiership football and rugby teams.

There is a large statue of a lion in Forbury Gardens, and local legend has it that the sculptor killed himself by jumping off the top because he had sculpted the legs wrong.


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