Berkshire (The King’s England)



There have been many books on Berkshire, but never one like this…

The perfect historic guide to Berkshire churches, castles and other historic places.

“A thousand years of history is wrapt up in the Berkshire hills, and far beyond that its story goes…” – Arthur Mee

Arthur Mee’s guide to 170 places in the historic county of Berkshire (including the Vale of the White Horse, in Oxfordshire since 1974, from Abingdon to Yattendon, provides both a snapshot of the county before the Second World War and a comprehensive guidebook to the county’s heritage which remains invaluable for travellers and historians alike to this day. This facsimile edition is aided by 120 unique photographs which accompanied the original 1939 text.


“An engrossing survey of the country, a fascinating record of English heritage” – Daily Mail

“A panorama of England of outstanding importance and usefulness” – Sunday Times

Arthur Mee (1875-1943), already famous for the Children’s Encyclopedia, created the King’s England series of county guides in the 1930s. In his own words, “There has been nothing like it before: it is the first census of the ancient and beautiful and curious historic possessions of England since the motor car came to make it possible…” Mee and his team of researchers drove the length and breadth of Britain to gather information about the nation’s heritage in what he regarded as “A New Domesday of 10,000 towns and villages” – certainly the most comprehensive guide of its time and arguably unbeaten by anything until Wikipedia. Although this series of 40 books is now over 80 years old, it remains a fantastic guide to England’s cities, towns and villages, sometimes poignantly revealing what they were like before the terrors of the Second World War, and always celebrating our history with humour and a lightness of touch.

Additional information


Ebook (PDF), Paperback