Timeline of Reading, Berkshire

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The following is a timeline of the history of Reading , the county town of Berkshire in England.



Early history, Normans and Medieval periods

Reading Abbey gateway (in 1785) Reading Abbey (1785).jpg
Reading Abbey gateway (in 1785)

Tudor period

17th century

18th century

Reading Mercury sign Reading Mercury sign.jpg
Reading Mercury sign

19th century

Castle Street, photographed by (or for) Henry Fox Talbot (c. 1845) Castle Street, Reading, 1840-1849.jpg
Castle Street, photographed by (or for) Henry Fox Talbot (c. 1845)

20th century

Novelty biscuit tins (c. 1937) Novelty biscuit tins.jpg
Novelty biscuit tins (c. 1937)

21st century


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