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Kennet and Avon Canal

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Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 45. Chapters: Reading, Berkshire, Newbury, Berkshire, River Avon, John Rennie the Elder, Wilts & Be... Weiterlesen
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Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 45. Chapters: Reading, Berkshire, Newbury, Berkshire, River Avon, John Rennie the Elder, Wilts & Berks Canal, Devizes, Thatcham, Hungerford, Bradford on Avon, River Kennet, Great Bedwyn, Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Marathon, Bathampton, Crofton Pumping Station, Charles Dundas, 1st Baron Amesbury, Limpley Stoke, Dundas Aqueduct, Woolhampton, Claverton Pumping Station, Bruce Tunnel, Wilton Water, Aldermaston Gravel Pits, Avoncliff Aqueduct, Freeman's Marsh, Newton St Loe SSSI, New Semington Aqueduct, Thatcham Reed Beds, Kennet & Avon Canal Museum, Kennet and Lambourn Floodplain, Kennet Valley Alderwoods, Woolhampton Reed Bed, Jones's Mill, Marsh Benham. Excerpt: Reading ( ) is a large town and unitary authority area in England, located at the confluence of the River Thames and River Kennet, and on both the Great Western Main Line railway and the M4 motorway, some 40 miles (64 km) west of London. For ceremonial purposes it is in the Royal County of Berkshire and has served as the county town since 1867. Reading was an important national centre in the medieval period, as the site of an important monastery with strong royal connections. Today it remains a commercial centre, with links to information technology and insurance. Reading also hosts two universities and a large student population. It is also home to one of England's biggest music festivals, Reading Festival. The settlement was founded at the confluence of the River Thames and River Kennet in the 8th century as Readingum. The name probably comes from the Readingas, an Anglo-Saxon tribe whose name means "Reada's People" in Old English, or (less probably) the Celtic Rhydd-Inge, "Ford over the River". The name of the settlement was derived from an earlier folk, or tribal, name. Anglo-Saxon names ending in -ingas originally referred not to a place but to a people, in this case specifically the descendants or followers of a man named Reada, literally "The Red One." In late 870 an army of Danes invaded the then kingdom of Wessex and set up camp at Reading. On 4 January 871, the first Battle of Reading took place, when an army led by King Ethelred and his brother Alfred the Great attempted unsuccessfully to breach the Danes' defences. The battle is described in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, and this account provides the earliest known written record of the existence of the town of Reading. The Danes remained in Reading until late in 871, when they retreated to winter quarters in London. After the Battle of Hastings and the Norman conquest of England, William the Conqueror gave land in and around Reading to his foundation of Battle Abbey. In its 1086 Domesday Book listing, the

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Titel: Kennet and Avon Canal
Untertitel: Reading, Berkshire, Newbury, Berkshire, River Avon, John Rennie the Elder, Wilts & Berks Canal, Devizes, Thatcham, Hungerford, Bradford on Avon, River Kennet, Great Bedwyn, Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Marathon, Bathampton
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EAN: 9781156054093
ISBN: 978-1-156-05409-3
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Books LLC, Reference Series
Genre: Fahrzeuge
Anzahl Seiten: 48
Gewicht: 535g
Größe: H246mm x B189mm x T3mm
Jahr: 2011