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Reading is a city and unitary authority in the county of Berkshire, in England, United Kingdom. Located at the confluence of the Thames and Kennet rivers, the city is halfway between London and Oxford, at Edge of the M4 motorway. The English pronunciation of this name is / ˈrɛdɪŋ / (in the notation of the International Phonetic Alphabet). Note the difference with the homologous verbal form reading ("reading"), whose pronunciation is / ˈri: dɪŋ /.
Reading is probably the most important business center in South East England, apart from Greater London. Most of the major companies in Britain have their headquarters in the city, which also hosts numerous multinationals. The ECMWF (European Center for Medium-Term Weather Forecast) is based here. It is also a university city with an important student community.
The city center is located near the confluences of the Thames and the Kennet River, reflecting the history of the city as a river port. Before the confluence, the Kennet extends through a narrow opening to form the river plain of the Thames. Reading is 64 kilometers west of central London and 40 kilometers southeast of Oxford.
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House of Fisher - City Wall House
Swan Place - Comfortable Home
Tulip Apartment - The Heart of Reading Town Centre
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The Market House
ibis Reading Centre (new ibis rooms) ★★★new
Novotel Reading Centre ★★★★
pentahotel Reading ★★★★
Reading Abbey was an abbey founded in 1121 in Reading by Henry I. of England. It originally belonged to the Benedictine order of Cluny, and by the mid-fourteenth century it had become one of the most important abbeys in the country. [ 2]
In 1125, Empress Matilda gave the abbey the relic by the hand of James the Elder.
After the dissolution of the monasteries ordered by King Henry VIII of England in 1539, the abbey would be destroyed by order of Edward Seymour, I Duke of Somerset, lord protector of Edward VI of England.
The ruins were opened to the public again in 2018 after carrying out conservation works.
The Reading prison, where Oscar Wilde was imprisoned for two years - after which he would write Ballad of the Reading prison - was built in 1844 on a plot adjacent to the ruins of the abbey.