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Name: Reading Abbey Church
HER Number: RD15552
Record Type: Monument

Grid Reference: SU 720 735
Administrative Area/Parish:Reading, Reading, Berkshire
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Summary

The majority of the Abbey Church has been demolished and robbed with the exception of parts of the south transept which stand as ruins. Excavation at the east end has revealed an apsidal chapel.

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • BURIAL (Medieval - 1121 AD to 1539 AD)

Description

The Abbey Church was constructed in a Romanesque style consisting eight round pillars down each side of the nave, tiled floors. Excavations by Cecil Slade in 1971-3 revealed an apsidal chapel at the east and the north and south sides of the ambulatory. During this excavation two burials were found. One of these was against the inside of the north footings of the central chapel where a skeleton and coffin-nails were found. The other was in the South Ambulatory near the inner footings where there was a coffined skeleton <1>.


<1> Berkshire Archaeological Society, 1975-6, Berkshire Archaeological Journal, Pages 29-70 "Excavations at Reading Abbey 1971-3" by C. Slade (Journal). SRD6873.


<2> Knowles and Hadcock R N, 1953, Medieval Religious Houses (Bibliographic reference). SRD6858.


<3> Astill, G.G, 1978, Historic towns in Berkshire: An archaeological appraisal (Bibliographic reference). SRD6871.


<4> Kemp B R, 1968, Reading Abbey: An Introduction to the History of the Abbey (Bibliographic reference). SRD6872.


<5> Berkshire Archaeological Society, 1975-6, Berkshire Archaeological Journal, "Excavations at Reading Abbey 1971-3" by C. Slade (Journal). SRD6873.

Sources

<1>Berkshire Archaeological Society. 1975-6. Berkshire Archaeological Journal. 68. Pages 29-70 "Excavations at Reading Abbey 1971-3" by C. Slade. [Journal / SRD6873]
<2>Knowles and Hadcock R N. 1953. Medieval Religious Houses. [Bibliographic reference / SRD6858]
<3>Astill, G.G. 1978. Historic towns in Berkshire: An archaeological appraisal. [Bibliographic reference / SRD6871]
<4>Kemp B R. 1968. Reading Abbey: An Introduction to the History of the Abbey. [Bibliographic reference / SRD6872]
<5>Berkshire Archaeological Society. 1975-6. Berkshire Archaeological Journal. 68. "Excavations at Reading Abbey 1971-3" by C. Slade. [Journal / SRD6873]

Designations

  • Scheduled Monument 1007932: Reading Abbey: a Cluniac and Benedictine monastery and Civil War earthwork.

Associated Events:

  • None
  • Associated Monuments

    MRD15559Burial in the south ambulatory - Reading Abbey church, Reading, Berkshire (Monument)
    MRD15556Reading Abbey - north ambulatory (Monument)
    MRD15556Reading Abbey - north ambulatory (Monument)
    MRD15553Reading Abbey Church - Chancel (Monument)
    MRD15553Reading Abbey Church - Chancel (Monument)
    MRD15558Reading Abbey church - south ambulatory (Monument)
    MRD15558Reading Abbey church - south ambulatory (Monument)
    MRD1374Reading Abbey, Reading, Berkshire (Monument)
    MRD1374Reading Abbey, Reading, Berkshire (Monument)
    MRD15556Reading Abbey - north ambulatory (Monument)
    MRD15556Reading Abbey - north ambulatory (Monument)
    MRD15553Reading Abbey Church - Chancel (Monument)
    MRD15553Reading Abbey Church - Chancel (Monument)
    MRD15558Reading Abbey church - south ambulatory (Monument)
    MRD15558Reading Abbey church - south ambulatory (Monument)
    MRD1374Reading Abbey, Reading, Berkshire (Monument)
    MRD1374Reading Abbey, Reading, Berkshire (Monument)

    Associated Finds:

  • None