Reading offers the full range of criminal law, prison law, family law and education services.
Reading dates from the 8th century. It was an important trading and ecclesiastical centre in the Middle Ages, the site of Reading Abbey, one of the largest and richest monasteries of medieval England with strong royal connections, of which the 12th-century abbey gateway and significant ancient ruins remain. By 1525, Reading was the largest town in Berkshire, and tenth in England for taxable wealth. The town was seriously affected by the English Civil War, with a major siege and loss of trade, but played a pivotal role in the Revolution of 1688, whose only significant military action was fought on its streets. The 18th century saw the beginning of a major ironworks in the town and the growth of the brewing trade for which Reading was to become famous. The 19th century saw the coming of the Great Western Railway and the development of the town’s brewing, baking and seed growing businesses, and the town grew rapidly as a manufacturing centre.
Reading is a major commercial centre, especially for information technology and insurance. It is also a regional retail centre, serving a large area of the Thames Valley, and home to the University of Reading. Every year it hosts the Reading Festival, one of England’s biggest music festivals.
How to Find Us
- From the M4, at junction 11 take the A33 exit to Reading (C&S) / Basingstoke.
- At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Basingstoke Road.
- Continue to follow the Basingstoke Road (A33).
- At the end of the A33 keep to the left lane and follow the signs to M4 West. (before the road merges into the A329)
- At the roundabout, take third exit onto Castle Street.
- Continue down Castle Street.
- Reeds Solicitors Reading Office is on your righthand side, just after the Sun Inn and opposite the St. Mary’s Church Castle Pre-School.
The closest train station is Reading Train Station. This is on the Great Western line. Note that this is a different train station to Reading West.
To find the office, please follow the directions below.
- From the Reading Train Station, exit the station through the main exit. (You will be on the same side of the station as The Three Guineas pub).
- Walk down to Station Road – if you’re unsure of where this is, walk towards the taxi bay and where the buses are parking outside the front of the station.
- Turn right onto station road. Continue down station road.
- At the end of station road, continue walking down the pedestrian only Queen Victoria Street.
- At the end of Queen Victoria Street you will find yourself outside John Lewis department store on Broad Street. Turn right on Broad Street.
- On your left-hand side between the Burton and Cath Kidston shops you will find an alley called ‘Chain Street’. Turn left on Chain Street.
- On the other side of the alley, turn right and walk past the Church, St Mary the Virgin. Outside the front of the Church, cross over St Mary’s Butts road and walk left.
- Turn right onto Castle Street
- Reeds Solicitors Reading office will be on your left handside just after the BrewDog bar.