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50 Gems of Berkshire

The History & Heritage of the Most Iconic Places

Series: 50 Gems

Publication Date15th February 2025

Book FormatPaperback





This beautifully photographed selection of fifty of Berkshire’s most precious assets shows what makes it such a popular destination.
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Berkshire as a county is the site of ancient battles for its territory and a through route from east to west following the River Thames, the ancient Ridgeway, the A4 trunk road, the Kennet and Avon Canal and the Great Western Railway. Within the long slipper-shaped county of Berkshire there is something for everyone, gems from medieval to modern times. The county can be divided into five geographical sections, the Vale of the White Horse, the Chalk Downs, the Kennet Valley, the district east of the River Loddon, and the Thames Valley itself. Glorious buildings stand at Bisham and Ufton Court, the splendid gatehouse of Donnington Castle and the crowning glory of all, Windsor Castle and St George’s Chapel. There are fine market towns, the White Horse at Uffington, Roman Silchester, the medieval barn at Great Coxwell, grand stately homes and fascinating medieval churches. Other attractions include the Saville Gardens at Windsor, the Museum of Berkshire Aviation, the Stanley Spencer Gallery at Cookham and the Sandham Memorial Chapel, the Thames Valley Police Museum, the Beale Wildlife Park and the Windsor and Eton Brewery.

50 Gems of Berkshire explores the many places and their history that make this part of the country so special, including natural features, towns and villages, buildings and places of historical interest. Alongside justly famous attractions, others will be relatively unknown but all have an interesting story to tell.

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