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Tilehurst is a suburb of the town of Reading in the Royal County of Berkshire, England. It is in the west of central Reading. It lies within the boundaries of The Borough of Reading and partly in the district of West Berkshire. The part within West Berkshire forms part of the civil parish of Tilehurst. It also includes the northern part of Calcot and a small rural area west of the suburb. The Tilehurst Water Tower, built in the 1930s, towers over the suburb. In the 2011 Census, 14,604 people lived in Tilehurst.

Notable residents[edit source]

  • Bryan Adams, musician, lived in Tilehurst in the 1960s while his father was stationed in the UK
  • Jacqueline Bisset, actress, grew up in Tilehurst in a 17th-century country cottage, where she now lives part of the year[citation needed]
  • Kenneth Branagh, actor, attended Meadway School in the 1970s
  • Tim Dinsdale, searcher for the Loch Ness Monster.
  • Mike Oldfield, musician, grew up in Tilehurst
  • Ayrton Senna, Formula 1 driver, lived on the Pottery Road estate in the 1980s
  • Sir Peter Vanlore (1547-1627) bought Tilehurst Manor and lived there with his wife Lady Jacoba van Loor (daughter of Henri Thibault). Sir Peter was a well respected trader and merchant during the Elizabethan and early Stuart eras. Sir Peter was born in Uttrecht, the Netherlands. Sir Peter and his wife had several children; one of whom was Anna van Loor whom married the Dutch jeweller and lawyer, Sir Charles Caesar ( formerly Cesarini - Adelmare ).

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