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Berkshire Abbreviations

Abbreviations and Acronyms
of likely interest to Berkshire Family Historians

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Abbreviation
Description
Location
Dates
ARC
Agricultural Research Council

AWRE Atomic Weapons Research Establishment
Aldermaston and Harwell 1960s to 1990s?
BAV
Berkshire Aviation Company
East Hanney 1920's
BBCM
British Broadcasting Company Monitoring
Caversham 20th cent
BBFA
Berks and Bucks Football Association

BC and BCON
Berkshire Constabulary
19th/20th cent
BFBC
Bracknell Forest Borough Council
from 1990s
BH
Battle Hospital
Reading
BRDC
Bradfield Rural District Council
Bradfield
BSB
Blackall Simmonds Brewery
Reading
CRCH
Canadian Red Cross Hospital
Taplow, just in Bucks
DB&Sons
Dymore Brown & Sons Brewers
Reading 1930's
ECMWF
European Centre for Medium range Weather Forecasting
Shinfield
1980s onward
GCA
Greenham Common Airfield
Greenham WW2 to 1990s
GPO
General Post Office

GRI
Grassland Research Institute
Hurley
H&P or HP
Huntley & Palmer


HP
Hewlett Packard
1980s, 1990s
HB&S
Huntley, Boorne and Stevens Biscuit tin makers
Reading 19th cent
HIF
Hedges Iron Foundry
Bucklebury 1880's
IB
Intervention Board
HQ in Reading 1980s & 1990s
IBAP or IBAP or IBEA
Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce
HQ inReading 1980s & 1990s
IPA India Pale Ale (beer invented in Reading)

JSCSC
Something like Joint Services Combined Staff College - on the RAFSC site
temporarily in the late 1990s
LDV Local Defence Volunteers  (Forerunners of the Home Guard WW2)

LPTB
London Passenger Transport Board

1933-1939
M & L
Mosdell and Lovell (Brick Kilns) Mortimer 19th cent
MetO formerly MO
Meteorological Office
HQ in Bracknell
1962-2003
MGFC
Mortimer Garth Football Club

early 20th cent
MIH
Maidenhead Isolation Hospital
Maidenhead mid 20th cent
MMPCo
Miles Martin Pen Company (the first makers of Biros in England) Reading 1950's
N & N
Nalder and Nalder (Foundary) Challow Wantage
NIV
National Intervention Board
Reading
NIRD
National Institute for Research and Dairying
Shinfield
NML
National Meteorological Library, Meteorological Office,
Bracknell 1962-2003
RAE  Royal Aircraft Establishment) for many years from the Great War until recent times when it became DERA (Defence E... Research ...) and more recently QinetiC. Had an outstation near Sandhurst in the 1960s

RAF  Royal Aircraft Factory at
Farnborough, Hant prior to  1918
RAFSC
RAF Staff College
Bracknell closed in 1990s
RBH
Royal Berks Hospital
Reading
RBR
Royal Berkshire Regiment

RCB
Royal County of Berkshire

RCT
Reading Corporation Tramways

RTC Reading Tramways Company
earlier than 1903
RIW
Reading Iron Works
1880's
RMA
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

RPA formerly IB et al)
Rural Payments Agency
Reading
RRL
Road Research Laboratory
Crowthorne from 1966
RRL
Reading Reference Library


RUL
Reading University Library


SOWC
South Oxfordshire Water Company (Thames in Berks)

SS
Suttons Seeds
Earley Reading from 1807 to 1990s
TRL Transport Research Laboratory or Transport Research Limited (after privatisation)

TRRL
Transport and Research Laboratory

TVSB
Thames Valley Savings Bank

W&BC
Wilts and Berks Canal

W&S Wiggins and Sankey (Builders Suppliers)
Southampton Street, Reading
1950's -
WGP
Windsor Great Park

WHGA
Womens Home Guard Auxillary (WW2)

WWA
White Waltham Airfield (WW2)


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