Descriptive gazetteer entries

These other entries in our collection of descriptive gazetteers are also about Reading. You may be able to find further references to Reading in the descriptive gazetteers by doing a full-text search here.

Place Type of entry Source
GILES (St.) a parish and a sub-district Imperial
Reading hundred Bartholomew
READING a town, a district, and a hundred Imperial

This additional information from our descriptive gazetteers is for locations within the parish or parishes associated with Reading.

Place Type of entry Source
SOUTHCOT a tything Imperial
Whitley ecclesiastical district Bartholomew
WHITLEY a hamlet Imperial

Travel writing

This website includes the complete texts of books describing journeys around Britain, written between the twelfth and nineteenth centuries. Selecting one of the links below will take you to the first reference to Reading within the selected text. This will not always be a description of a visit: travellers often mention places other than where they are, for example as a basis for comparison.

Traveller Section No. of Refs.
Daniel Defoe Letter 4, Part 3: Berkshire and Buckinghamshire 12
William Cobbett Oct. 7th Oct to Nov. 30th, 1822: Hampshire, Surrey, and Sussex 9
William Camden Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex 8
Arthur Young 1776 Tour of South Wales and South Midlands 4
Celia Fiennes Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey 2
Celia Fiennes Marlborough 2
William Gilpin Bristol to London 2
Henry Broadhurst In Journeyings Often 1
William Camden The Division of Britaine 1
William Camden Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire 1
William Cobbett Sept. 6th to 11th, 1826: Highworth to Malmsbury 1
Charles Wesley Jan. 3 - Aug. 31, 1737: Devon, and around London 1
Charles Wesley May 3 - Dec. 28, 1747: Wales and Ireland 1
Charles Wesley Jan. 1 - Aug. 26, 1751: London to Bristol and the north 1
Daniel Defoe Letter 4, Part 2: Somerset and Wiltshire 1
Daniel Defoe Letter 8, Part 4: Leeds and North Yorkshire 1
Robert Gammage Chelmsford, Oxford and Nottinghamshire 1
John Wesley 1746-8: Severe Weather; Ireland; Wesley's Protest against Lawlessness 1
John Wesley 1749-50: Wesley and the Soldiers; In Ireland and Wales Again; Wesley Burned in Effigy 1
John Wesley 1754-6: Retirement in Paddington; Wesley Slandered; Premonitions 1

This website includes two large libraries, of historical travel writing and of entries from nineteenth century gazetteers describing places. We have text from these sources available for these places near your location:

Place Mentioned in Travel Writing Mentioned in Hist. Gazetteer
Coley 0 2
Caversham 1 2
Earley 0 2
Calcot 0 2
Tilehurst 0 2
Shinfield 0 2
Burghfield 0 2
Mapledurham 2 2
Grazeley 0 3
Holme Park 0 2
Sonning 2 3
Sonning Eye 0 2
Dunsden 0 1
Woodley 0 2
Theale 0 3
Spencers Wood 0 1
Kidmore End 0 2
Sulham 0 2
Purley 0 2
Sulhamstead Bannister 0 2