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About Reading

155,300 in city
11,850,000 in metro
40 km² (15 mi²)
49 m
Reading is a large town in Berkshire, to the west of London. It takes its name either from the Saxon for "(Place of) Readda's People", or the Celtic Rhydd-Inge,, which means "Ford over the River". Reading was where the oldest recorded British song, "Sumer is icumen in", was written, but its major claim to fame was as one of the great pilgrimage centres of medieval England. It had been given the Hand of St. James by King Henry I and the Head of St. Philip by King John. Reading Abbey was founded in 1121. Today, the town boasts many fine historic buildings including several magnificent churches, but is also known as a commercial centre, with a number of high-rise buildings built and planned.

No. of Buildings

No. Current status
25 All Buildings
under construction

Tallest Buildings

# Building Height Year
1 The Blade 282 ft 2009
2 Thames Quarter 240 ft 2021
3 Chatham Place Building 3 187 ft 2014
4 Verto 171 ft 2019
5 Fountain House 160 ft -

Building types

No. Type
19 high-rise building
4 low-rise building
1 skyscraper
1 church