Reading, Berkshire

Reading (Listeni/ˈrɛdɪŋ/ RED-ing) is a lairge toun an unitary authority aurie in Ingland. It is locatit in the Thames Valley at the confluence o the River Thames an River Kennet, an on baith the Great Western Main Line railwey an the M4 motorway, some 40 mile (64 km) wast o Lunnon.

The Oracle, Town Hall an St Laurence's Church, Skyline frae Reading West, Reading Abbey an Reading Festival
A Deo et Regina
Wi God an Queen
Reading shown athin Berkshire
Reading shown athin Berkshire
Coordinates: 51°27′15″N 0°58′23″W / 51.45417°N 0.97306°W / 51.45417; -0.97306
Sovereign stateUnitit Kinrick
Constituent kintraIngland
RegionSooth East England
Ceremonial countyBerkshire
Admin HQReading
Settled871 or earlier
Toun Status1086 or earlier
 • TeepUnitary authorities
 • Govrenin bodiesReading Borough Council, but includin pairts o Wokingham Borough an Wast Berkshire an aw
61 m (200 ft)
 (2011 est.[1])
 • Toun & Burgh([[Leet o Inglis destricts bi population|Rankit 115t]])
 • Urban
369,804 (Ranked 17t in UK)
 • Ethnicity[2]
82.0% White (74.2% White Breetish)
8.4% Sooth Asie
4.3 % Black
2.7% Mixed Race
1.1% Cheenese
1.5% Ither
Demonym(s)Redingensian, Readingite
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
Postal Code
Area code(s)0118
Grid Ref.SU713733
ONS code00MC
ISO 3166-2GB-RDG

The Borough of Reading haes a population o 145,700 (2008 estimate) an the toun formit the lairgest pairt o the Reading/Wokingham Urban Aurie which haed a population o 369,804 (2001 census). The toun is currently representit in the UK parliament bi twa members, an haes been continuously representit thare syne 1295. For ceremonial purposes the toun is in the coonty o Berkshire an haes servit as its coonty toun syne 1867, previously sharin this status wi Abingdon.[3]

Town twinninEedit

Reading is twinned wi:

Reading is a sister ceety o an aw:


  1. "Population Estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Mid-2016". Office for National Statistics. 22 Juin 2017. Retrieved 27 Juin 2017.
  2. "Resident Population Estimates by Ethnic Group (Percentages)" (XLS). Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  3. "Berkshire Quarter Sessions". Jackson's Oxford Journal. 4 Julie 1868.
  4. "Twinning with Düsseldorf". Reading Borough Council. Retrieved 5 Apryle 2012.
  5. "Twin Towns". Amazing Düsseldorf. Retrieved 29 October 2009.
  6. "Twinning with Clonmel". Reading Borough Council. Retrieved 5 Apryle 2012.
  7. "Twinning with San Francisco Libre". Reading Borough Council. Retrieved 5 Apryle 2012.
  8. "Twinning with Speightstown". Reading Borough Council. Archived frae the original on 27 Mey 2011. Retrieved 26 Juin 2011.Archived 2011-05-27 at the Wayback Machine
  9. a b "Town Twinning". Reading Borough Council. Archived frae the original on 27 Mey 2011. Retrieved 26 Juin 2011.