This illustrated history portrays one of Englandís finest major towns. It provides a nostalgic look at Readingís 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 Englandís 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.