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This pretty Berkshire town has a history stretched to prehistoric times. It had a Roman castle and also a Norman one. Prior to the civil war (two battles were fought here) it was a town made rich from cloth and it has the rags to riches story of John Smallwood who came with nothing and went on to run 200 looms. In recent times green protesters fought a long battle over the Newbury by-pass (Newbury now has a by-pass) which has become a watershed in road planning policy in Britain.

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