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Reading shown within Berkshire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South East England|
|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)|
|• Town & Borough||(Ranked )|
|• Urban||369,804 (Ranked 17th in UK)|
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.