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General Information
concerning the Royal Berkshire History Website

At the moment, this is a very brief introduction, welcoming all-comers to my website. Here you will find the history of the beautiful Royal County of Berkshire.

For the uninitiated, Berkshire is to be found just to the west of London in the UK, extending along the Thames Valley. It is pronounced "BARK-SHEER".

This site covers the 'historic county' of Berkshire, that is the original county (including detached parts of Wiltshire only officially merged into it in 1844). Subsequent administrative boundary changes in 1895, 1911 and 1974, with the addition and loss of certain areas, are largely irrelevant to a history-based website. Officially, the historic county has never been abolished, but this is rarely recognised (further information available at the Association of British Counties). For all modern everyday intents and purposes, Abingdon, Faringdon, Wallingford, Wantage, the Vale of the White Horse and the south-west suburbs of Oxford are now part of Oxfordshire, but they are still part of Berkshire history and as such are/will be fully covered here. For similar reasons, you will not find any information here concerning Slough and Eton which were historically in Buckinghamshire. They may get covered eventually however, and there is already information available on Caversham (historically in Oxfordshire). Please also don't forget to visit our 'RBH for Kids' area.

All Rights reserved. No part of this website may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright holder. Please contact me for details of possible small-scale reproduction by non-profit making individuals or charitable organisations. 

Searches are regularly made across the web to find 'borrowed' text from the Royal Berkshire History website, so if you have loaded up RBH information, without permission, you will almost certainly find that you will be contacted for royalty payments.

Students and teachers using this site for educational purposes may be reassured to know that, apart from years of study,  my main academic qualification is a joint Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in History & Archaeology from the University of Reading. When referencing or quoting the site in essays, dissertations or theses, please use a form similar to the examples given below:

Ford, David Nash (2007) Royal Berkshire History - www.berkshirehistory.com. Wokingham: Nash Ford Publishing
Ford, David Nash (2001) "Biographies: Owen Tudor (1400-1461)" on Royal Berkshire History - www.berkshirehistory.com/bios/otudor.html. Wokingham: Nash Ford Publishing

This site is updated regularly.

If you would like to ask me any questions or make a contribution to the site, please e-mail me on nashfordpublishing@googlemail.com

berkshirehistory.com has two sister-sites which you may also find of interest:

Early British Kingdoms
May Family History

All three sites are published by Nash Ford Publishing. For further information on other services provided by Nash Ford Publishing, please visit our website.

You will also find a few old versions of Royal Berkshire History pages mirrored at Britannia.com.

David Nash Ford


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