The principal town of Newbury, Berkshire, England lies on the banks of the River Kennet, with the Kennet and Avon Canal running through its midst. It currently enjoys a population of around 32,000 people, and is in the western region of the ceremonial county of Berkshire. This county is also one of the five Home Counties surrounding London. |
The town of Newbury is perhaps most famous in England for its racecourse. Founded in 1905, it has been in its current location in the Greenham area of southwest Newbury since 1910. It plays host to the Lockindge Stakes, a Group 1 horse race of national character. The course also has an airstrip for small planes in the center of the infield, as well as its own train station.
The town and its surrounding area can boast of a population exceeding 60,000 people when all of the assorted smaller towns and villages are included in the mix. Newbury today is served well by two railway stations, one of which is located in the Newbury town and the other at the racecourse. There is also the major motorway, the M4, which runs about 3 miles away, parallel to the town. This is for sure what has been able to make Newbury so much of a well connected town.
Historically, evidence of human settlement goes back as far as the Mesolithic, or Middle Stone Age. The town itself was officially founded in the late 11th century, following the Norman invasion of England. Early economic fortunes in Newbury in later centuries running up through the mid-16th century seem to have been centered on the trade in cloth. Today, the town's livelihood is dependent on several high-tech concerns, such as cellular phone manufacturing.
The county of Berkshire, in which Newbury resides, currently has a population of about 812,000 people. It is also classified as a Royal County due to the fact of the presence of Windsor Castle. This structure and property is a royal residence of the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Both Newbury and Berkshire have a long history in the annals of the country.
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