We’ll work with you to create a bespoke package tailored to your needs. All our relocations include;
Armishaws having been moving and shaking in Berkshire since 1973, helping families, individuals and businesses move to, from and across the county, plus international house moves. As members of the British Association of Removers we offer greater levels of financial security and pride ourselves on excellent customer service. We also value the incredible countryside of Berkshire, we’re market leaders in eco-friendly removals so you can be confident that your move won’t cost the earth. It’s one of the reasons our customers rate Armishaws so highly on Trustpilot.
At one time Reading was home to the world’s largest biscuit factory. Huntley and Palmer produced biscuits that were sent across the Empire, even Captain Scott and his team took Huntley and Palmer biscuits on their ill-fated expedition to the South Pole. Reading prison was called ‘The Biscuit Factory’, Reading FC were nicknamed ‘the biscuit men’ and the town was referred to as ‘Biscuitopolis’.
The oldest known song in the English language was discovered in Reading Abbey. The pretty ditty called ‘Summer is Icumen’ was written in 1260. It also happens to contain the oldest recorded use of the word ‘fart’ (rhymed with ‘heart’ perhaps?).
On the 15th of June 1225, King John signed the Magna Carta at Runnymede. The site which was difficult to get to made it the perfect location for the rebellious barons to face the king without fear of a surprise attack. The Magna Carta was the blueprint for modern democracy and English law, taking power from the King and ensuring rule was fairer and more just (well, for rich folk, it took a while for the notion to apply for commonfolk).
The site at Runnymede was used by Alfred the Great to assemble his earls, settle disputes and set laws. It is home to the National Trust’s oldest tree, which was already elderly when King Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn nearby. In fact, the tree is estimated to be over 2,500 years old which means it was expelling carbon when the likes of Alexander the Great, Plato and Buddha were alive.
The setting for the high camp musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show is in Berkshire. Fans of the movie will recognise Oakley Court Hotel near Windsor as the home of Frank N Furter, the cross-dressing doctor played by the excellent Tim Curry. “It’s just a jump to the left…”
Cliveden House Hotel was the meeting point of Christine Keeler and MP and Secretary of State for War, John Profumo. The young model was naked in the swimming pool at the time of their meeting and the resultant affair brought about the downfall of the then sitting government.
Not real ones. The 3rd Duke of Marlborough, Charles Spencer, commissioned a French artist to paint murals of monkeys performing human activities such as fishing, hunting with rifles, and smoking. He also filled the island with life-sized sculptures of monkeys. The island had previously been given the name ‘Monkey Island’ because it had been visited by an order of monks who lived nearby (so nothing to do with monkeys at all!).
Reading University houses the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre. All cocoa plants traded internationally travel through the centre to help protect from disease, in fact many of the nation’s most-loved chocolate bars owe their very existence to fact that their root plants have passed through the facility at some time.
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The historic county of Royal Berkshire is home to our current monarch and has played an interesting role in royal life over the ages. King Alfred, King John and Henry the VIII have all spent time in the county. Today Berkshire is home to some of the UK’s largest tech companies, while offering excellent commuter links to London. Berkshire life is full of festivals and fine food. Award-winning vineyards, Michelin starred restaurants, artisan food producers and independent markets all add to the taste of the county. Miles of rolling countryside, riverside walks and historical sites have shaped a great place to explore once you’ve completed your Berkshire removals.
Population – 860,798 (2011 You.Gov census)
Area – 1,262 km²
Schools – See the latest Ofsted reports and scores for Berkshire schools – See Reports.
Once you’ve unpacked the boxes at the end of your Berkshire removals (and taken advantage of Armishaws free box recycling service) there is so much to explore. Here are some of our favourite days out;
The home of Britain’s longest raining monarch, Windsor Castle sits at the end of the incrediblly long drive. A stunning place to visit, explore and have a traditional cream tea.
Family fun for builders of all ages. There are rides, attraction, shows and of course mountains and mountains of Lego for young (and old) minds and fingers to explore.
You don’t need to be an experienced punter to enjoy a day at the races. Newbury is an excellent course for first timers to enjoy their first ever race meeting. “Be lucky!”
The National Trust is responsible for the care of the incredible site that was the meeting for King Alfred’s Wittern, saw King John sign the Magna Carta and Henry VIII woo Anne Boleyn.
If you’re looking for an educational day out, then Berkshire has a number of excellent museums including;
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The Royal County of Berkshire enjoys its regal moniker thanks to the Queen’s residence in Windsor. One of the Home Counties, the Thames flows through en route to London. In fact, the county has excellent links with the capital including fast commuter routes by road and rail.
The area is famed for horse breeding and racing as well as schooling, the world-famous Eton College has produced over a quarter of all British Prime Ministers. Scholars will have plenty to explore with a wide variety of museums and historic sites such as Runnymede. Notable events have included important battles fought by King Alfred against the Vikings and some decisive victories during the English Civil War. The county still has strong military ties with a number of large training camps and barracks still in place today.
Foodies are also well catered for, Berkshire has some of the best restaurants, vineyards and wineries in the country, that are all well worth exploring. There is a strong brewing history and today a number of artisan and independent brewers produce beer, gin and cider in the county.
If you’re making your Berkshire removals then Armishaws are on hand with a free, no hassle quote to help get you started.