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Historical interest: Reading

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Reading began life as a Saxon settlement, but was first mentioned in the year 871 when it was captured by the Danes. The Normans built a wooden castle in Reading, which was later replaced by a stone castle; however, the king demolished it in 1152 fearing it might fall into the hands of his enemies.

In the Middle Ages Reading prospered because it was on the main road between London and the west. In those days the journey from London to Bristol and other western towns took several days and Reading was a convenient place to stay the night. Reading also benefited from the Abbey, which was built by Henry I in 1121-1125, and to which many pilgrims came.
Cloth manufacture was the mainstay of Reading's economy during that time; however, Reading prospered as there were several industries and many tradesmen living and working in the town, including leather makers, boat builders, goldsmiths, carpenters, blacksmiths, stonemasons, millers, bakers and butchers. The merchants gained much influence and by the early 14th century were organized into a guild that looked after their interests.

In August 1642 the civil war between the King and parliament began. Reading was occupied by both parliamentary and Royalist troops several times but remained in parliamentary hands until the end of the war in 1646. In 1688 there was a battle in Reading between 300 Irish troops loyal to the deposed King James II and Dutch soldiers supporting the new king who was coming to replace him. A short fight ensued and the Irish soldiers were driven from Reading.

During the 18th century much of Reading was rebuilt and its buildings became much more elegant as this prosperous town flourished.

More recently it has become a popular commuter town serving London and has attracted a great deal of IT companies, resulting in rapid urban growth.

Selection of hotels in this region:

Comfort Inn Reading

Park International Hotel

Abbey House Hotel

Reading Moat House

Renaissance Reading Hotel

Holiday Inn Reading - South

Hanover International Hotel & Club

Quality Hotel Reading

Millennium Madejski Hotel Reading

Courtyard by Marriott

Travelodge Reading East

Reading, Holiday Inn

Travelodge Reading West

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