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Newbury, West Berkshire

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Newbury, West Berkshire

Newbury or is a civil parish and the principal town in the west of the county of Berkshire in England. It is situated on the River Kennet and the Kennet and Avon Canal, and has a town centre containing many 17th century buildings. Newbury is best known for its racecourse. The adjoining countryside is notable for agriculture, racehorse training, Highclere Castle, ruined Donnington Castle and has the former USAF airbase at Greenham Common.
Post townNEWBURY
Administrative CountyWest Berkshire
Traditional CountyBerkshire
OS GridSU4767
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth East
CountryEngland
Police AuthorityThames Valley
Fire and Rescue AuthorityRoyal Berkshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityRoyal Berkshire
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Central
Dialling code01635
Population28,339 (2001)
 

Other names by which Newbury, West Berkshire has been known in the past

Newberry ~ Newbery ~ Newburie ~ Southern Division The ~ Ulvritone

Newbury, West Berkshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Newbury, mun. bor., market town, and par., Berk, on river Kennet, 17 miles SW. of Reading and 53 miles SW. of London by rail-par., 1242 ac., pop. 7017; bor., 1813 ac., pop. 10,144; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Thursday. It is affirmed that Newbury rose upon the ruins of the Roman Spinf, which bequeathed its name to the hamlet of Speen, close by. The town was incorporated by Queen Elizabeth. During the Civil War 2 battles were fought in the vicinity, both resulting in victory for the Royalists. Agricultural produce supports the bulk of the town's trade; while maltings and corn mills employ a number of the inhabitants. Most of the traffic in goods is carried upon the Kennet and Avon Canal.

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