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.
The church contains tombs of Abbot John, of Chertsey, and Sir J. Denham, father of the poet. In the vicinity are Egham Lodge, seat of J. Dobinson, Esq.: Kingswood Lodge, Mrs. Read. Runnymede (½ mile), memorable as the Council Meadow, where the English Barons compelled King John to sign the Magna Charta on Trinity Monday, 15th June, 1215. Runnymede House, seat of N. Reid, Esq.; Cooper’s Hill, so beautifully described by the poet Denham.
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The seat of her majesty the Queen, and of her ancestors from the period of the Conquest. Eton College also is within a short distance.
Hampton Court stands on the north bank of the Thames, about twelve miles from London. Numerous sovereigns have made it their temporary abode; and the last who resided here were George II. and his Queen.