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Woodley: A Clearing in the wood.

Woodley, whilst a town in its own right, and situated in the borough of Wokingham, is often thought of as a suburb of Reading, lying 4 miles east of the town centre, and two miles east of Earley. Nested amidst the picturesque villages of the likes of Sonning and Twyford. Woodley enjoys a prime location within the Royal County of Berkshire, with excellent road links via the M4 and A329m, as well as nearby Winnersh Triangle and Earley Rail Stations. The toponym “Woodley” itself signifies “a clearing in the wood” reflecting the towns historical roots. With a rich heritage dating back centuries, Woodley has transformed from and agrarian landscape to a thriving community of over 35,000 residents., Today, it combines a peaceful suburban atmosphere with easy access to urban amenities, making an ideal choice for families and commuters alike.

Chocks Away, Woodley: The historical significance is intertwined with its aviation history. In 1929, Woodley Aerodrome was established, playing a pivotal role in the development of aviation in the UK. It served as the birthplace of several iconic aircraft, including the Mile Hawk, Magister and Master, which played a crucial role in training RAF pilots during World War II. Notable aviators like Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson and Douglas Bader have graced Woodley with their presence. The museum of Berkshire Aviation, situated on the former airfield, commemorates this illustrious history showing the towns contributions to aviation excellence.

Local Amenities: Woodley is replete with a diverse range of amenities catering for the needs of its residents. The town centre offers a mix of independent shops, (including Iceland, Waitrose and Lidl) restaurants and cafes. La’De Kitchen, Cozze and Bosco Lounge contribute to a vibrant local dining scene. For more extensive shopping options, nearby Reading provides an array of choice, with The Oracle shopping centre being a standout destination. Woodley boasts several beautiful nature reserves and parks, including Dinton Pastures Country Park, Woodford Park,  Ashenbury Park, Southlake and Highwood Nature Reserve. These green spaces offer opportunities for activities like fishing, birdwatching and leisurely Walks. Schooling is high on the list too, Southlake, Willowbank, Highwood and St. Dominic Savio Primary Schools, Bulmershe and Waingels Secondary Schools.

Property Market: Woodley’s housing market offers a diverse range of options to cater for different preferences. The towns residential landscape comprised of historic homes, modern developments and charming neighbourhoods. The post-war period witnessed significant growth, the new housing estates meeting the demand for comfortable homes. Today, Woodley continues to attract homebuyers with its variety of housing styles, period properties to contemporary residences. The redevelopment of the former airfield into residential areas in the 1980s, right through to today, has further expended housing options. With its pleasant surroundings excellent transport links, and a host of amenities, Woodley remains and attractive destination for those seeking a harmonious blend of community living and urban convenience.  


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