Berkshire [ bɑ ː kʃɪə ] is a county in the south west of London, England.

Berkshire is also called Royal Berkshire (Royal Berkshire ) after the title had been awarded in an official act in the 1930s to the County. The county is one of the oldest in England, until the time of King Alfred of Wessex are the boundaries of the county trace. After the administrative reform of the counties in 1974, the Abingdon places were slammed (the former administrative center of the county ) and Vale of the White Horse Oxfordshire. For Slough has been added from the county of Buckinghamshire county. New administrative headquarters was Reading. In 1998, as part of another national government reform, the Council and the administration of the County ( County Council ) abolished; since the districts are unitary authorities.

Since Berkshire no longer exists as a political entity, the district boundaries shall be treated as limits of the surrounding counties on most maps. Also, there are no more signs that point to Berkshire. This is a special feature in Berkshire England dar.

The name of the county comes from the Celtic: the great birch forest was the Bearroc (also celtic for hilly ). It was sold Cenwalh King of Wessex. At the time, the county only from the northern and western parts of its present area.

Archaeological sites

  • Woman in the quarry of Berkshire

Notable locations

The county are: