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Berkshire Facts

Interesting and historical facts about Berkshire.

  • Thatcham in Berkshire is claimed to be the oldest town in Britain, with evidence that people settled there during the Mesolithic Age (10,000BC - 4,000BC).

  • The iconic WW2 photo of US General Eisenhower talking to the paratroops on the eve of D-Day was taken at Greenham Common air base, near Newbury, Berkshire.

  • In a layby along the A4 Bath Rd, near Aldermaston Wharf, Berkshire is where on March 2, 1919 the AA opened Britain's first roadside petrol station.

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