Proudly calling itself the Royal County, Berkshire is
home to the one of Britain’s greatest historic sites,
Windsor Castle, but it has a history dating back
way beyond this, to prehistoric times. It is a county
of great contrasts, bordering as it does Greater
London in the east and also Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire,
Surrey, Wiltshire and Hampshire./p>
With an area of over 470 square miles (c.1200sq
km), and a population of under a million it is a
relatively small county, but rich in historic sites and
blessed with a quintessentially English landscape.
Reading is by far the largest town (pop.235,000),
followed by Slough (122, 000), but there are many
smaller, delightful villages throughout. The River
Thames winds its way through the county, with
many settlements having grown up along its route
and around its major tributaries, principally the River
Because of its huge significance in Berkshire,
often defining the county boundary, the course of
the Thames is followed at many points throughout
this book. It is to the north of the Kennet that the
famous Berkshire Downs roll gently across the landscape,
while to the south, where the county borders
Hampshire, lies Walbury Hill, at 974ft (297m) being
the highest point in South East England.
The fascinating aerial photographs in this book by
internationally-renowned aerial photographer Jason
Hawkes are selected to provide the reader with an
overview of a variety of landscapes and settlements,
with historic sites included. There can be no better
way of appreciating the many glories of Berkshire
than to view the county from above.
Jason Hawkes is one of the country’s
best-known photographers specialising in
aerial photography. From his base near
London he travels worldwide to produce
images for books, advertising and design.
Since 1991 he has provided photographs
for major international companies including
Nike, HSBC, Ford, Rolex,Toyota and
BP. The images in this book and the sister
publications in the series were specially
commissioned by Halsgrove.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 940 0, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published April 2010.