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As well as being home to Newbury Racecourse, it is the headquarters of Vodafone UK and software company Micro Focus International.
In the valley of the River Kennet, 26 miles (42 km) south of Oxford, 25 miles (40 km) north of Winchester, 27 miles (43 km) south east of Swindon and 20 miles (32 km) west of Reading.
Soon Newbury, and the Speenhamland area in particular, was filled with coaching inns of ever increasing grandeur and size.
One inn, the George & Pelican, was reputed to have stabling for 300 horses.
was reduced to a ruin in the aftermath of the second battle.
The disruption of trade during the civil war, compounded by a collapse of the local cloth trade in the late 16th century, left Newbury impoverished.
As of 2019, 19 of the councillors represent the Liberal Democrats, 2 represent the Conservative Party and 2 represent the Greens.Together with the adjoining town of Thatcham, 3 miles (4.8 km) distant, Newbury forms the principal part of an urban area of approximately 70,000 people.Newbury was founded late in the 11th century following the Norman conquest as a new borough, hence its name.A theatre was built to provide the travellers with entertainment featuring the major stars of the age.In 1795 local magistrates, meeting at the George and Pelican Inn in Speenhamland, introduced the Speenhamland System which tied parish poor relief (welfare payments) to the cost of bread.
Newbury lies on the edge of the Berkshire Downs; part of the North Wessex Downs Area of outstanding natural beauty, 3 miles (4.8 km) north of the Hampshire-Berkshire county boundary.