Local services in Berkshire
The historic county covers a larger and somewhat different area. It excludes the unitary authority of Slough, which belongs to the historic county of Buckinghamshire, but it includes the district of Vale of White Horse and the part of the district of South Oxfordshire that lies west of the Thames, both now in the administrative county of Oxfordshire. In 1998 an administrative county of Berkshire was abolished, and its administrative powers were assigned to the six unitary authorities. Meanwhile, residential development spread westward from London, and, with excellent road and rail links, even Hungerford and Newbury at the western end of the county are within regular commuting range of London. Towns such as Maidenhead and Wokingham along the M4 motorway attracted industrial and office development and numerous firms in the high-technology and software development sectors. Agriculture within the geographic county is now largely restricted to West Berkshire; the chalk downs support cereal crops, and Newbury and Lambourne are known for their racehorses. In Berkshire you can find some very nice place for shopping, which are spread across the county. The dentists here are very professional and you can certainly count on them to make your smile better.