The above image is taken from a 19th century text on optical illusions - try staring at the image without blinking for 30 seconds, before looking at a plain wall.Located south of the Thames, this inland county is sometimes called Royal Berkshire because of its royalist history – indeed, half a dozen battles and sieges occurred in Berkshire during the English Civil War, and prior to this the county hosted the conflicts between the Danes and King Alfred in the ninth century. The only battle now fought is the famous horserace at Ascot. The land is still reasonably wooded, and a chalk ridge runs through the county. The heavily haunted Windsor Castle can be found in Berkshire, as well as Bisham Abbey and the legend of Dame Hoby

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