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Reading's river is a surprisingly attractive one. For years it was hidden from the centre of town behind the brewery, but since the brewery was demolished and The Oracle built on the site, it has been made a feature.
It rises in the Wiltshire downs near Avebury, and has no industry to speak of on its banks for its whole length until it reaches the Thames a short distance east of Reading town centre. So it remains a gently chalk river all the way.
Although it runs through Reading in a man-made channel with flood controls, it's still liable to flooding in Winter, though not as severely as the Thames. Compare this picture, taken on 5 January 2003, with the one on the front page!
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