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In the southeast corner of Berkshire and situated between Reading and the Surrey border is the historic town of Workingham. Wokingham once a busy market town in Windsor forest is now a lively centre for flourishing businesses and small industries.

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Introduction In the southeast corner of Berkshire and situated between Reading and the Surrey border is the historic town of Workingham. Wokingham once a busy market town in Windsor forest is now a lively centre for flourishing businesses and small industries. It has managed to keep much of its history while also moving confidently into the 21st century. The recent growth is owed to the strategic positioning along the prosperous Thames valley and easy access to road, rail and services. The town is closely linked to the A329 London to reading road and by the M4 and the M3. It has easy links to neighbouring towns such as Camberley Reading and Bracknell via rail and bus services. Other important services via rail to waterloo and Gatwick airport means that travel to anywhere around the country and world is easily accessible. Heathrow airport is also within easy reach via the motorway. The Wokingham district offers an attractive place to live and work. Despite being near the nations capital and home to modern employment areas, the district is noted for its charming woodlands, heaths, peaceful rivers and secluded villages. The Wokingham district has seen its population rise rapidly to over 140,000. During the years 1981 to 1991 it was second only to Milton Keynes for its population growth. Map to show Wokinghams location in the UK Location of Wokingham in comparison with All the other major Cities of England this map gives a good representation of its position in the UK. When Did I Go? I went to Wokingham on Tuesday 16th September 2003, from 9am to 4.30pm, during this time I collected the main part of my data, which was mainly based around my questionnaire. However I felt that to help my project further more, I would need to visit it on a weekend, firstly to collect more data, and secondly to take some photographs, which I did not do on my first visit to Wokingham. ...read more.

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Coloured Goad Map On the last page there is a full-scale map of the Central Business district of Wokingham showing the different land uses. I have made the map clearer by using different colours according to the key. As we can see by looking at the goad map I have coloured in the different types of land use in different colours so as to highlight the change in land uses. As I have already mentioned that by using the key you can determine the land use by matching it up to the correct colour. By using the goad map it gives a very clear idea that the central business district of Wokingham follows no obvious pattern of land use. As you can see from the map the Central Business District of Wokingham is heavily dominated by retail stores and parking lots. This corresponds with most typical Central Business Districts. Below is a table that I have taken from a specific coursework book which relates to the project that I am investigating. The table below will determine whether Wokingham is a typical Central Business District. Land Use Correlate with Typical Central Business District Yes No Open Space (car parking etc....) ? Retail ? Residential (private business) ? Professional and commercial ? Entertaining and catering ? Public buildings ? Industrial and storage ? Pedestrainised ? Vacant ? The correlation table again shows that Wokingham's Central Business District is the same as any other. Therefore two conclusions can be drawn from this. * Wokingham corresponds to a typical central business district * Wokingham is a typical central business district This relates back to one of my hypothesis very closely: Shopping, other small companies and offices will take up most of the land right in the centre of Wokingham; there will therefore be a low percentage of residential properties. This is shown very well by using the goad map. ...read more.

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Although there is a obvious move from younger buildings to older there are a number of anomalies of both much older buildings which have been left on the periphery as there have not been knocked down on renovated to newer buildings. This is also the case with newer buildings as you get closer to the centre of town this is because although it can be said that most of the old buildings survived a number have been knocked down and renovated to newer buildings. These two factors are most likely to be the cause of the anomalies. We can see that in the inner most ring of the isoline map the oldest buildings are present and are a lot older then the rest of the buildings on the map. Therefore we can say that the oldest buildings are located in the centre of the Central Business District This isoline map corresponds very closely to my sixith hypothesis which is the following: The buildings in the centre of Wokingham will be older than the buildings on the periphery. The reason why building age decrease as you move away from the core of the Central Business District is because in the centre of the Central Business District is where the town started and therefore this is where the first buildings of the town where created. The town hall is the oldest building because it was the first to be built in order that the town could be set up. As it was the most important, building to be built and as time progressed more and more buildings were built around it in order to form the town. But there buildings were not all built at the same time because there was no need for them, however as time progressed there became a greater need for them and more and more buildings where needed. So therefore the oldest buildings are in the centre of the Central Business District and the newest buildings are built around the older buildings when needed. ...read more.

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