Area Guide: Reading

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A Commuter Haven….

Reading is enriched in history and boasts a number of famous residences both current and past. In particular, a rather royal offering in the form of Kate Middleton, who was born in the Royal Berkshire Hospital in the heart of Reading. It was also home to Jane Austen who went to school in Reading and became a very famous novelist for several of her works, including ‘Mansfield Park’ and the very famous ‘Pride and Prejudice’ which both have film adaptations.

Duchess of Cambridge
Pride and Prejudice

Reading was once a very small town consisting of only 900 houses and a population of about 4,500 in the 18th century, slowly growing to just under 10,000 by the 19th century. In the 19th century Reading became the town known as ‘the town of three B’s.’ This was due to Reading adopting the bulb, biscuits and breweries industry and they did very well doing so. They also were majorly into the iron founding industry which was used for agricultural machinery, brick and tile making and much more.

Today, the town is still known for its thriving industry – in particular, its biscuit industry – as it is now where the infamous Nice biscuit is manufactured by The Old Huntley and Palmers Biscuit factory. The town’s population is now at 155,698 as of 2011.

 

The Commute

The area of Reading lies to the west of London with some of the best transport links and forms of entertainment compared to Newbury which doesn’t have the same variety of entertainment.Reading is approximately 25 minutes away from London and you can be assured an easy and pleasant journey to some of England’s best spots.

The capital city, London, is home to some of the best historic buildings whilst Portsmouth, which is situated on the English channel, allows you to get the best of the great coast and the fresh sea breeze.Oxford is also very close to Reading – only a single train ride away – with both the CrossCountry and GWR lines allowing you to commute directly into the centre of Oxford.

 

Crossrail, 2018

The Crossrail – a 73 mile railway – beginning in London and going through to Shenfield to the North East, Abbey Wood to the South East, and both Reading and Heathrow Airport to the West. The Crossrail is going to be a great benefit to Reading as it will cut journey times down for those commuting to a number of cities. This is a £14.8 Billion project that will be completed by 2018.

 

Places of Interest…

  • Reading FightinPhils, First Energy Stadium
  • GoggleWorksCenter for the Arts
  • Pagoda
  • Reading Public Museum
  • Mid-Atlantic Air Museum
  • Fairgrounds Farmers Market
  • Santander Arena
  • Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center

 

Local Authority:

Reading Council

 

Getting to Reading:

M4 Goes across the south of Reading from London and connects to the A33 which goes into the heart of Reading. Trains from Paddington Station to Reading Station in the city centre.

 

Rail and Underground:

  • Reading Station (Overground from London)
  • Reading West Station
  • Tilehurst Station
  • Earley Station
  • CrossRail (In development)

 

Local Transport:

  • Trams
  • Local Buses
  • Express Buses to Airport

 

Air:

  • Heathrow Airport (25 Miles)
  • London Gatwick (60 Miles)
  • London Luton (60 Miles)
  • Southampton (45 Miles)

 

Schools:

  • The Abbey School
  • Coley Primary School and Nursery
  • Leighton Park School
  • Prospect Secondary School
  • St Joseph’s College
  • John Madejski Academy

 

Entertainment

Reading offers great entertainment and is known for its performers, local bands, DJ’s, Promoters and amazing Venues. Not to mention the very popular Reading Festival, which is one of the most popular of its kind in the UK, bringing some of the biggest bands in the world together for a weekend of music, culture and excitement. The area also boasts a range of outstanding pubs around the UK thanks to the town’s thriving brewery industry.

Bringing you some of the best shopping around, Reading’s great shopping high street runs throughout the town centre. Independent shops  such as But is it Art?, Frock&Roll, Strange Sweets, Shakti and Eclectic Games offer some fun and quirky alternatives to your normal high street and high end boutiques (which are also present).

To find out more about the area or to receive information about how you can add a lucrative investment to your portfolio, contact us today on +44(0)20 7624 5555 or email info@propertiesoftheworld.co.uk

 

By Jay Madden

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The Oracle Shopping Centre in town

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City centre shops

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Reading Station where the regular line currently runs through and where the Crossrail service will soon be.

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A beautiful local church

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