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Wokingham is a market town in Berkshire, England, and part of the Reading/Wokingham Urban Area. Wokingham was formerly a borough until 1974, when it merged with Wokingham Rural District to form the new Wokingham District. In 2007, borough status was granted. It is located 37 miles (60 kilometers) west of London, 7 miles (11 kilometers) southeast of Reading, 8 miles (13 kilometers) north of Camberley, and 4 miles (6 kilometers) west of Bracknell.
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Wokingham translates as “Wocca’s people’s home.”
Wocca was a Saxon chieftain who may have owned land in Wokefield, Berkshire, and Woking, Surrey.
The name was corrupted to Oakingham in Victorian times, and as a result, the acorn with oak leaves is the town’s heraldic charge, granted in the nineteenth century. Wokingham is geologically located at the northern end of the Bagshot Formation, which overlies London clay, implying a prehistorical origin as a marine estuary. Wokingham hosted the Windsor Forest courts, and the town was granted the right to hold a market in 1219. During this time, the Bishop of Salisbury was largely responsible for the town’s expansion. He laid out roads and plots and rented them out. According to records, he purchased the rights to hold three town fairs each year in 1258.
In 1583, Queen Elizabeth granted a town charter.
From the 14th to 16th centuries, Wokingham was well known for its bell foundry, which supplied many churches throughout the South of England.
Wokingham was well-known as a silk producer during the Tudor period.
Some of the houses associated with these cottage industries can still be found on Rose Street. The looms were housed in houses with higher ground floors. The position of the exterior beams of the houses demonstrates this. One of the original mulberry bushes (a favorite food of the silk worm) is said to still exist in one of the gardens. Wokingham was regularly raided by both sides of the Civil War in the years 1643–44. During these raids, livestock and trading goods were looted, and over thirty buildings were burned down, accounting for nearly 20% of the buildings in town at the time. Wokingham did not fully recover until the early 18th century.
Wokingham used to be known for its bull-baiting. George Staverton bequeathed two bulls to be tethered in the Market Place and baited by dogs on St. Thomas’ Day (21 December) each year in his will in 1661. A few days before the event, the bulls were paraded around town and then locked in the yard of the original Rose Inn, which was located on the site of the current Superdrug store. People came from far and wide to witness the perilous spectacle. Several dogs were injured or killed during the event, and the bulls were eventually destroyed. The meat and leather were distributed among the town’s poor. Some of the spectators were killed as well. Elizabeth North was discovered dead and bruised the morning after the bull-baiting in 1794. Martha May, 55, died in 1808 after being injured by fighters in the crowd. The Corporation outlawed the cruel’sport’ in 1821, but bulls were still provided at Christmas and the meat was distributed to the poor. Bull-baiting was outlawed by Parliament in 1833.
The ‘Black Act’ was passed in Parliament in 1723, making it an offense to black one’s face while committing criminal acts. It was named after the infamous gang known as the ‘Wokingham Blacks,’ who terrorized the local area until 29 of them were apprehended after a pitched battle with Grenadier Guards in Bracknell. Historically, the local accent could be described as a mixture of traditional London Cockney and West Country pronunciation. However, since the 1970s, the town’s rapid expansion and subsequent influx of non-locals has resulted in a decline in this speech pattern. Traditional Wokingham accents are becoming increasingly rare in the twenty-first century, particularly among young people who are increasingly influenced by the spread of Multicultural London English. The once-important brick-making industry has given way to software development, light engineering, and service industries, and the population has grown dramatically.
Wokingham is located 39 miles (62.8 km) west of central London on the Emm Brook in the Loddon Valley in central Berkshire. It was originally in a band of agricultural land on the western edge of Windsor Forest and is located between the larger towns of Reading and Bracknell. The soil is a rich loam with a sand and gravel subsoil. Wokingham has a town center with major residential areas radiating outward in all directions. Woosehill is to the west, Emmbrook is to the northwest, Dowlesgreen, Norreys, Keephatch, and Bean Oak are to the east, and Wescott and Eastheath are to the south. Woodcray and Luckley Green are two older names.
Much of Wokingham has grown up in the last 80 years. Woosehill and Dowlesgreen, as well as Bean Oak, were built on farmland in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Keephatch was constructed in the early 1990s. The Norreys Estate was built in the 1960s, but Norreys Avenue is the area’s oldest residential road, having been built in the late 1940s as emergency housing following World War II. Norreys Avenue is shaped like a horseshoe and sits on the site of the demolished Norreys Manor. The majority of the road is made up of 1940s-style prefabricated houses, though there are some brick houses and three blocks of 1950s police houses.
WEL (Wokingham Enterprise Limited) was established by the council in 2010 to manage a £100 million regeneration project to redevelop the town center with new retail, leisure, and residential facilities, as well as parking, roads, and open spaces.
Several major expansion projects are planned for the town over the next decade, including a major redevelopment of the town center, new north and south relief roads, and at the nearby Arborfield Garrison, a former military base. The redevelopment of the railway station and surrounding area is complete as of 2015, and large-scale housing construction is underway to the town’s north-east and south-east.