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Woodley is a town in the English county of Berkshire. It forms part of the metropolitan area of Reading, although not part of the Borough of Reading. The name Woodley means 'a clearing in the wood'. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1802x2589, 189 KB) Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1802x2589, 189 KB) Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... The British Isles consist of Great Britain, Ireland and a number of much smaller surrounding islands. ... Main street in Bastrop, Texas, a small town In American English, a town is usually a municipal corporation that is smaller than a city but larger than a village. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population - Total (mid-2004) - Density Ranked 1st UK 50. ... Berkshire (IPA: or  ; sometimes abbreviated to Berks) is a county in England and forms part of the South East England region. ... St Marys Church and market Reading is a town and unitary authority in Berkshire in England, at the confluence of the River Thames and River Kennet, halfway between London and Oxford. ...

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History

Until the 1930s, Woodley was a very small village of no great significance. In that decade, an airfield and flying school was opened in the 100 Acre Field belonging to Sandford Farm. In 1932, F.G. Miles came to Woodley and joined forces with Philips and Powis in the production of the Miles Hawk airplane, leading to the foundation of Miles Aircraft Ltd which continued producing aircraft in Woodley until after the second world war. During the pre-war years many famous aviators landed at Woodley, including Charles Lindbergh and Amy Johnson; Douglas Bader lost his legs in an accident on the airfield. The aviation tradition of Woodley is still carried on by the presence of the Museum of Berkshire Aviation. // Events and trends The 1930s were described as an abrupt shift to more radical lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the global depression. ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) is a leap year starting on a Friday. ... Miles Aircraft was a British manufacturer of light civil and military aircraft. ... Charles Lindbergh Charles Augustus Lindbergh (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974) was a pioneering United States aviator famous for piloting the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. ... Amy theJohnson (July 1, 1903 – January 5, 1941) was a famous English aviatrix who was born in Kingston upon Hull. ... Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader (February 21, 1910 (St Johns Wood, London) - September 5, 1982), was a successful fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. ... The Museum of Berkshire Aviation is a small aviation museum located in Woodley, a suburb of the town of Reading in the English county of Berkshire. ...


After the war Woodley continued to grow, with industry relocating from Reading and new housing growing up. In the 1960s a new town centre was created, replacing the old village shops. In the 1980s the airfield site was redeveloped as a major housing area, and Woodley is now largely indistinguishable from Reading to the casual visitor. The 1960s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... The 1980s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1980 and 1989. ...


In the west of Woodley, the large house of Bulmershe Court was built in 1777 by James Wheble. The house was subsequently bought by Henry Addington, at that time Speaker of the House of Commons and later Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He lived there when not in London and was frequently visited by other prominent figures of the age, including William Pitt the Younger and, it is said, King George III. During the second world war, the house was used by the US Army. In the 1960s it was demolished and replaced by a teacher training college which has subsequently become part of the University of Reading. Bulmershe Court is, today, a campus of the University of Reading, situated in what is now the Reading suburb of Woodley, in the English county of Berkshire. ... 1777 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth (May 30, 1757 - February 15, 1844) was a British statesman, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 1804. ... The term Speaker is usually the title given to the presiding officer of a countrys lower house of parliament or congress (ie: the House of Commons or House of Representatives). ... In the United Kingdom, the Prime Minister is the head of government, exercising many of the executive functions nominally vested in the Sovereign, who is head of state. ... The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben London and the Regions of England London is the most populous city in the European Union, with an estimated population on 1 January 2005 of 7,421,328 and a metropolitan area population of approximately 13,945,000 [1]. Londons population includes... The Right Honourable William Pitt, the Younger (28 May 1759–23 January 1806) was a British politician during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. ... George III (George William Frederick) (June 4, 1738 – January 29, 1820) was King of Great Britain, and King of Ireland from October 25, 1760 until January 1, 1801, and thereafter King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until his death. ... US Army Seal HHC, US Army Distinctive Unit Insignia The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... The 1960s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... The University of Reading (pronounced Redding) is a university in the English town of Reading. ...


Government

Woodley is a civil parish with a town charter (granted in 1974) and an elected town council. It falls within the area of the unitary authority of Wokingham. Both the town council and the unitary authority are responsible for different aspects of local government. 1974 (MCMLXXIV) is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... A unitary authority is a type of local authority, which has a single-tier and is responsible for all local government functions within its area. ... Wokingham is a local government district in Berkshire, England. ...


Woodley falls within the following parliamentary constituencies: Reading East and Maidenhead. Reading East is a parliamentary constituency in the English county of Berkshire. ... Maidenhead is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ...


Location

Position: grid reference SU762733 The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ...


Nearby towns and cities: Reading, Earley, Wokingham St Marys Church and market Reading is a town and unitary authority in Berkshire in England, at the confluence of the River Thames and River Kennet, halfway between London and Oxford. ... Location within the British Isles Earley is a town in Berkshire, England with a population of around 30,000 people. ... Location within the British Isles Wokingham is a small town in Berkshire (population 30,403 according to the 2001 census) in the south east of England, close to Reading. ...


Nearby villages: Sonning, Twyford, Winnersh, Hurst The Thames near Sonning Sonning is a small village in Berkshire, England a few miles east of Reading. ... Twyford Highstreet Twyford is a village situated in the heart of the Thames Valley on the A4 between Reading and Maidenhead, close to Henley-on-Thames, Wokingham and Bracknell. ... Winnersh is a former village in Berkshire, which is now a suburb of Reading, Berkshire Golden Globe-winning BBC sitcom The Office namechecks Winnersh when Ricky Gervais as David Brent muses on his future: My world does not end with these four walls. ... Hurst is a village in the English county of Berkshire. ...


See also

This is a list of settlements in Berkshire, England. ... This is a list of civil parishes in England, the smallest level of local government, split by county. ...

External links

  • Woodley Town Council Website


Settlements in Wokingham District
Towns: Earley | Wokingham | Woodley
Civil parishes: Arborfield and Newland | Barkham | Charvil | Finchampstead | Remenham | Ruscombe | St Nicholas Hurst | Shinfield | Sonning | Swallowfield | Twyford | Wargrave | Winnersh | Wokingham Without
Other villages: Arborfield Cross | Arborfield Garrison | Cockpole Green | Crazies Hill | Farley Hill | Grazeley | Hare Hatch | Holme Green | Kiln Green | Riseley | Ryeish Green | Sindlesham | Spencers Wood | Three Mile Cross

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