Reading 37 c
View of a street the town of Reading. It developed in the middle ages, as a convenient stopping place for travellers from Bristol and the West Country on the way to London. By the late 18th century it had a number of flourishing industries, in particularly clothing manufacture. Also much of the town was being rebuilt in a more sophisticated, elegant way. Other improvements included paved streets and street lighting with oil lamps which were used from around 1800. By 1801, it had a population of 10,000 people, making it one of the larger county towns at this time.