Ascot | Binfield |
Bracknell | Burghfield |
Cox Green | Crowthorne |
Eton | Finchampstead |
Hurst | Kintbury |
Newbury | Pangbourne |
Reading | Sandhurst |
Slough | Sonning |
Sonning Common | Sunningdale
Sunninghill | Thatcham |
Waltham St Lawrence | Wargrave |
White Waltham |
Berkshire is both a ceremonial county and a historic county of England. The administrative county of Berkshire
including the Berkshire County Council were abolished in 1998. The county is often referred to as the Royal County of Berkshire
because of the presence of the royal residence of Windsor Castle in the county; this usage, which dates to the 19th century at
least, was recognised by the Queen in 1957, and letters patent issued confirming this in 1974.
The ceremonial county has the same boundaries as the former administrative county, but historically the county was not co-terminous
with this. The county borders the counties of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Wiltshire and Hampshire. Historically the
county included several towns to the northwest of the county (including Abingdon, Didcot and Wantage) that were moved into
Oxfordshire in 1974 boundary changes. At the same time the town of Slough was moved into Berkshire from Buckinghamshire.
Under boundary changes in 1995, the county also acquired a boundary with Greater London. A later reorganisation, in 1998,
abolished the county council. The highest tier of local government in Berkshire are now the unitary authorities of Bracknell
Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham.
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Districts of Berkshire
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