/ bɝːkʃər /
A county in southern England.
Or Royal Berkshire; County of S central England
area 1,260 sq km/486 sq mi
towns and cities Reading (administrative headquarters), Eton, Slough, Maidenhead, Ascot, Bracknell, Newbury, Windsor, Wokingham
features rivers Thames and Kennet; Inkpen Beacon, 297 m/975 ft; Bagshot Heath; Ridgeway Path, walkers’ path (partly prehistoric) running from Wiltshire across the Berkshire Downs into Hertfordshire; Windsor Forest and Windsor Castle; Eton College; Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst; atomic-weapons research establishment at Aldermaston; the former main UK base for US cruise missiles at Greenham Common, Newbury
industries general agricultural and horticultural goods, electronics, plastics, pharmaceuticals, engineering, paints, cookies, pigs, poultry, barley, dairy products
famous people William Laud, Jethro Tull, Stanley Spencer.