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View down Hartland Road with Madejski Stadium in the background
Whitley shown within Berkshire
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Whitley, commonly known as one of the larger suburbs of Reading, is bounded to the north and east by a ridge of high ground carrying the road to Shinfield, to the west by the valleys of the River Kennet and the Foudry Brook, and to the south by an ill-defined boundary with the suburb of Whitley Wood. The former main road to Basingstoke passes just to the west of the centre of Whitley, dividing largely residential areas to its east from a largely industrial zone to its west. The current A33 relief road to Basingstoke passes to the west of the industrial area, as does the parallel railway line. Between the relief road and Bennet Road and railway can be found the recent Green Park business park and the Madejski Stadium. The playing fields between the A33 and the Basingstoke Road in south west Whitley are home to the only known colony of Grass Adders in the UK.
Whitley lies within the Borough of Reading and all local government responsibility lies with the borough council. Whitley is covered by the Church, Katesgrove, Redlands and Whitley Wards.
Church, Katesgrove and Redlands are within the Reading East parliamentary constituency.
- Ricky Gervais, comedian, actor, film director and producer, musician and writer.
- Midge Ure, musician, whilst a member of Slik in 1974 lived briefly on Hexham Road.
- M.L.Emmett, poet, editor, Convenor of Friendly Street Poets Inc. lives in Australia but lived as a child in Ashburton Road, Hartland Road and Brayford Road.
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