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Bradshaw’s Guide

Staines to Wokingham and Reading

On leaving Staines, we soon arrive at

Surrey : Egham

The church contains tombs of Abbot John, of Chertsey, and Sir J. Denham, father of the poet.

We then pass along two miles of beautiful scenery and reach

Surrey : Virginia Water

This beautiful lake, situated in Windsor Forest, is open daily to the public. It is the largest piece of artificial water in the kingdom, if that can be called artificial where man has only collected the streams of the district into a natural basin.

Sunningdale station.

Berkshire : Ascot

This place is celebrated for it race course on the Heath, with a Royal Grand Stand, two stables, large coach house, commodious weighing houses, &c., all constructed by the Duke of Cumberland.

Further on a little to the right, is Binfield and its beechwoods, all beautiful. Indeed the whole of Berkshire, from end to end, abounds in endless attractions to the lover of country scenery.

We shortly after reach Bracknell station, containing a population of 108. It has a pretty modern church, built by Coe.

Wokingham.

Berkshire : Reading

Reading is situated on two small eminences, whose gentle declivities fall into a pleasant vale, through which the branches of the Kennet flow till they unite with the Thames at the extremity of the town.

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