This illustrated history portrays one of England's finest major towns. It provides a nostalgic look at Reading's past and highlights the special character of some of its most important historic sites.
The photographs are taken from the Historic England Archive, a unique collection of over 12 million photographs, drawings, plans and documents covering England's archaeology, architecture, social and local history. Pictures date from the earliest days of photography to the present and cover subjects from Bronze Age burials and medieval churches to cinemas and seaside resorts.
The Berkshire town of Reading has been an important town in England since the Middle Ages. Reading became renowned for industries such as brewing and ironmaking, and the town grew rapidly in the nineteenth century following the arrival of the Great Western Railway. The town also saw the development of other industries such as baking and seed-growing. Today the town is a major commercial centre in the south-east of the country, and has grown to become the largest town in England. This book will help you discover the proud history of this historic town.
Marion trained as a teacher and and finished her teaching early to concentrate on writing. She has authored previous books on the history of Woking and other areas of Surrey, as well as writing magazine articles, biographies and books on the English language. She also gives creative writing workshops. She is an active member of her local Anglican Church and in her spare time she enjoys acting, playing tennis and travelling.