Berkshire Rally 9 miles from Windsor – Sunday 28th January – 100 acres of short grazed pasture

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This event will be held on 100 aces of short grazed pasture (mainly open horse paddocks) on Sunday 28th January. It is near Shottsbrooke Park in Berkshire. Parking is limited due to the weather so please only register 1 person per vehicle, comment under registration with usernames of people that will be travelling with you. Please note there will be catering at this event thanks to Nigel @ Foodie Doodies.


Berkshire (/ˈbɑːrkʃər/, abbreviated Berks, in the 17th century sometimes spelled Barkeshire as it is pronounced) is a county in south east England, west of London and is one of the home counties. It was recognized by the Queen as the Royal County of Berkshire in 1957 because of the presence of Windsor Castle, and letters patent were issued in 1974. Berkshire is a county of historic origin and is a home county, a ceremonial county and a non-metropolitan county without a county council.

The historic boundaries of Berkshire include territory that is now administered by the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshiredistricts of Oxfordshire. Berkshire County Council was the main local government of the county from 1889 to 1998 and was based in Reading, though the County Borough of Reading was administered separately until 1974. In 1974, the county’s administrative boundaries were significantly altered. The original county town of Abingdon and the areas around Didcot and Wantage were transferred to Oxfordshire, while Slough was gained from Buckinghamshire.

Since 1998, Berkshire has been governed by the six unitary authorities of Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham. Berkshire borders the counties of Oxfordshire (to the north), Buckinghamshire (to the north-east), Greater London (to the east), Surrey (to the south-east), Wiltshire (to the west) and Hampshire (to the south).

Windsor Castle, viewed from the Long Walk

According to Asser, it takes its name from a large forest of box trees that was called Bearroc(believed to be a Celtic word meaning “hilly”).

Berkshire has been the scene of some notable battles through its history. Alfred the Great’s campaign against the Danes included the Battles of Englefield, Ashdown and Reading. Newbury was the site of two English Civil War battles: the First Battle of Newbury (at Wash Common) in 1643 and the Second Battle of Newbury (at Speen) in 1644. The nearby Donnington Castle was reduced to a ruin in the aftermath of the second battle. Another Battle of Reading took place on 9 December 1688. It was the only substantial military action in England during the Glorious Revolution and ended in a decisive victory for forces loyal to William of Orange.

Reading became the new county town in 1867, taking over from Abingdon, which remained in the county. Under the Local Government Act 1888, Berkshire County Council took over functions of the Berkshire Quarter Sessions, covering the administrative county of Berkshire, which excluded the county borough of Reading. Boundary alterations in the early part of the 20th century were minor, with Caversham from Oxfordshire becoming part of the Reading county borough, and cessions in the Oxford area.

On 1 April 1974, Berkshire’s boundaries changed under the Local Government Act 1972. Berkshire took over administration of Slough and Eton and part of the former Eton Rural District from Buckinghamshire.[4] The northern part of the county became part of Oxfordshire, with Faringdon, Wantage and Abingdon and their hinterland becoming the Vale of White Horse district, and Didcot and Wallingford added to South Oxfordshire district. 94 (Berkshire Yeomanry) Signal Squadron still keep the Uffington White Horse in their insignia, even though the White Horse is now in Oxfordshire. The original Local Government White Paper would have transferred Henley-on-Thames from Oxfordshire to Berkshire: this proposal did not make it into the Bill as introduced.

On 1 April 1998 Berkshire County Council was abolished under a recommendation of the Banham Commission, and the districts became unitary authorities. Unlike similar reforms elsewhere at the same time, the non-metropolitan county was not abolished. Signs saying “Welcome to the Royal County of Berkshire” have all but disappeared but may still be seen on the borders of West Berkshire District, on the east side of Virginia Water and on the M4 motorway. There are also county signs on the south side of Sonning Bridge on the B478, on the A404 southbound carriageway crossing the river Thames, and heading north on the A33 at the start of the dual carriageway just past Stratfield Saye.

Berkshire divides into two clearly distinct sections with the boundary lying roughly on a north-south line through the centre of Reading.

The eastern section of Berkshire lies largely to the south of the River Thames, with that river forming the northern boundary of the county. In two places (Slough and Reading) the county now includes land to the north of the river. Tributaries of the Thames, including the Loddon and Blackwater, increase the amount of low lying riverine land in the area. Beyond the flood plains, the land rises gently to the county boundaries with Surrey and Hampshire. Much of this area is still well wooded, especially around Bracknell and Windsor Great Park.

In the west of the county and heading upstream, the Thames veers away to the north of the county boundary, leaving the county behind at the Goring Gap. This is a narrow part of the otherwise quite broad river valley where, at the end of the last Ice Age, the Thames forced its way between the Chiltern Hills (to the north of the river in Oxfordshire) and the Berkshire Downs.

As a consequence, the western portion of the county is situated around the valley of the River Kennet, which joins the Thames in Reading. Fairly steep slopes on each side delineate the river’s flat floodplain. To the south, the land rises steeply to the nearby county boundary with Hampshire, and the highest parts of the county lie here. The highest of these is Walbury Hill at 297 m (974 ft), which is also the highest point in South East England region and between London and South Wales.

To the north of the Kennet, the land rises again to the Berkshire Downs. This is hilly area, with smaller and well-wooded valleys, drains into the River Lambourn, River Pang, and their tributaries. The open upland areas famous for their involvement in horse racing and the consequent ever-present training gallops.



Please note: We expect all finds to be shown for photographing, all items considered treasure for the finder to provide identification and a contact number. Whilst it is not our responsibility to report items of treasure found on our digs, we will advise the finder to do so and expect confirmation it has been done. And finds of this nature not reported will result in the finders details being passed to the relevant authority.

The event will start at 9am after a short briefing so please arrive between 8am and 8.45am. Digging finishes at 4.30pm. Parking will be on hard standing around the farm.

There will be catering at this event thanks to Nigel @ Foodie Doodies.

If you can no longer attend after registering for the event please UN REGISTER, failure to do so can result in you being blocked from all future LGD events.

Non paid members £20
Paid members with a membership card £15
Under 16s free (no need to register)

Berkshire Rally Car Drivers Only Sunday 28th January



Registration opens at 30-12-2017 19:29

Registration closes at 27-01-2018 18:00

Max Participants: 50

Registered Users:

  1. Sammy
  2. JohnJacobs
  3. PaulW
  4. Shammy67
  5. DalejonesVI
  6. Guyah
  7. Jonno7777777
  8. [email protected]
  9. Vaffleswinger
  10. fusion81
  11. Chp555
  12. Fuzzygoat
  13. Bigboylen
  14. TheMO
  15. JamesL
  16. Raindog
  17. Burnsy
  18. Rafal76
  19. Wheal
  20. Bailey195
  21. Kirkyboy
  22. GeoffH
  23. Ceriath
  24. Paulhills
  25. LewisRead
  26. Ecodan
  27. Martincodling
  28. JarekS
  29. Karttech
  30. Slamdunk
  31. stuart900
  32. Gander
  33. Bulkk
  34. Jimidread
  35. granv
  36. MikeS64
  37. tomf
  38. kelso
  39. Stephenskinner
  40. benson
  41. jamesgold89
  42. scoff
  43. Dobbi
  44. Green23
  45. beardedbrad
  46. gmortime
  47. LeahRolph86
  48. tristramhouse
  49. ColinAlexander
  50. etaf201

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Berkshire Rally 4x4's Only Sunday 28th January



Registration opens at 15-01-2018 23:09

Registration closes at 27-01-2018 18:00

Max Participants: 50

Registered Users:

  1. THEX19MAN
  2. TonyJones
  3. Minster
  4. Alan88
  5. Penns
  6. Andy48
  7. IronHoarder
  8. RB47

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Berkshire Rally Passengers Only Sunday 28th January



Registration opens at 15-01-2018 23:10

Registration closes at 27-01-2018 18:00

Max Participants: 50

Registered Users:

  1. Fuzzygoat
  2. Kez80
  3. Fishbowl
  4. Rambo
  5. Audrey
  6. Thills
  7. Hhills
  8. Mattybrill
  9. MarkOverton
  10. Karttech
  11. Guyah
  12. Dipperdetecting
  13. grahamg
  14. athelstan

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        Hi Joanna,
        I blink and the registration is full. Lol could you please put me on reserve.
        Kind regards

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          Joanne Boyce


          Hi Redbridge, ive added you to the event if you no longer want the place could you please let me know and if you are in a 4×4 can you also let me know. Thanks

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    Hi ya could you please include Rambo on this list many thanks

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    Charlie veale


    Could I be dropped off for this dig or get a lift with someone local I only live about 4 miles away.

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    Krzysztof Kulig


    Im gonna drive from harlow and have free spaces in my car if enyone wants to join dig feel free to comment.

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    Carl Tough


    Hi there, will keep an eye open incase spaces become available, please put my name on the reserve list.

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    Hello is this all gone now because there is a space…
    If the is 3 that pull out me Marty and Anthony would love to jump in thanks

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    Just had a message from Carl Tough to get my name on the reserve list for this as its only 20mins from my door (which never happens for me ) So if poss could you stick me plus the wife on . Thanks kev

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    Chris davis


    Hi Joanne is it possible to be added as a plus one with Tom F as we will be car sharing thanks Chris

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    Please remove me from the list guyah number 7 and offer it to someone else please. Thanks

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      Neil Peacock


      Hi joanne, can I take ‘Guyah’ space please. I will be travelling with Nathan (11 year old from last few digs). We will be being dropped off so no need for a parking space.

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    Jason Wilson


    Hi just had to unregister for this unfortunately as can’t make it now. 1 x space now available.

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    Leah Rolph


    Hi Jo, bit late for this one but is there any space left? Would just be for myself? Thanks

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