Woolhampton

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Woolhampton is a village and civil parish in the English county of Berkshire. The village is situated on the London to Bath road between the towns of Reading (8 miles) and Newbury (6 miles). The village lies on the northern edge of the flat flood plain of the River Kennet, with the Berkshire Downs rising above the village to the north.Ordnance Survey (2006). OS Explorer Map 158 - Newbury & Hungerford. ISBN 0-319-46352-4.

Besides the A4 road, both the Reading to Taunton railway line and the Kennet and Avon Canal also pass through the village. On the railway, Woolhampton is served by Midgham station in the village. The station was originally known as Woolhampton station but, according to local legend, was renamed Midgham station (after the village of Midgham, one mile west-northwest) in order to avoid possible confusion with the similarly named Wolverhampton station.

The A4 road forms the main street of the village. An unclassified road runs to the south, towards the village of Brimpton. This crosses the railway line by the station on a level crossing, followed shortly afterwards by a swing bridge across the river and canal (which share a common channel at this point). Woolhampton Lock lies just to the west. Two other unclassified roads leave the village to the north, climbing into the Berkshire Downs.

Because of its location on the Bath...
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