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Bracknell is a town of about 50,000 people (1991) in the Bracknell Forest, in the English county of Berkshire. It lies about 6 miles (10 kilometres) to the east of Reading. It is in Bracknell Forest borough. It is about 9 miles south west of Windsor, with Windsor Great Park inbetween. It is between the M3 and M4 motorways, and The town has two train stations (Bracknell and Martins Heron) on the Reading to London Waterloo line, operated by South West trains. The town has four secondary schools, The Garth Hill School, Ranelagh(a Church of England school), Easthampstead Park and Brakenhale.

Bracknell is a former new town developed after the Second World War from a small market town. Very little of the original town was left. The location was chosen over White Whitfield, an alternative possibility, because the Bracknell site avoided encroaching on good quality agricultural land. The town expanded beyond the intended size into farmland to the south. Recent plans to redevelop the centre of the town from Legal and General and Allied London Properties were rejected by the government. The most visible landmark is the 3M building, a twelve storey building housing the companies' UK headquarters, which can be seen from over a mile away.

The structure of the town is intended to be a series of communities around the town centre where shops and services are located in a predestrianised area within a ring road. The estates are known as Great Hollands, Bullbrook, Whitegrove (formerly Warfield Green, built in the late 90's), Priestwood, Popeswood, Easthampstead, Wildridings, Harmanswater, Crown Wood, Birch Hill, Martins Heron and Hanworth.