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Discounting the small and secretive Holy Brook, there are two rivers that flow through modern Reading, the Thames and the Kennet. It was the Kennet, however, around which Reading was historically built and after some major regeneration along the course of the river through the town centre it is once more recognised as a major feature of the town.
For much of its route the Kennet takes on the role of a canal with a number of locks situated within the town boundaries. Upstream from the point where it feeds into the Thames there is Blake's lock followed by County, Fobney, Southcote and Burghfield locks, beyond which lies Garston lock near the village of Theale.

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