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Name: Watercourse at Abbey Gardens III (Abbey Gate), Reading, Berkshire
HER Number: 01022.21.000
Record Type: Monument

Grid Reference: SU 720 734
Administrative Area/Parish:Reading, Reading, Berkshire
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Silts of a channel of probably pre-monastic date were observed during an archaeological watching brief.

Monument Types


The watching brief at this site located the edge of a palaeo-channel aligned south-west to north-west, its silts were culturally sterile. Comparison of the river bank heights suggest that the channel was probably pre-Monastic (1121) and comparable in date to the Phase 1a channel(s) recorded at the Abbey Wharf excavations on the opposite bank of the Kennet. The site was overlain by rubble from the demolished 19th century buildings previously on the site. No evidence was found of tanning on the site, despite being known as Tanners Mead or Tanhouse Mead by the early 1800s <1, 2>.

<1> Trust for Wessex Archaeology, 1989, Abbey Gardens III (Unpublished document). SRD9947.

<2> Hawkes J.W and Fasham P.J, 1997, Excavations on Reading Waterfront Sites 1979-1988, Page 36 (Bibliographic reference). SRD12596.


<1>Trust for Wessex Archaeology. 1989. Abbey Gardens III. [Unpublished document / SRD9947]
<2>Hawkes J.W and Fasham P.J. 1997. Excavations on Reading Waterfront Sites 1979-1988. Page 36. [Bibliographic reference / SRD12596]

Associated Events:

ERD51Abbey Gardens III, Reading, Berkshire (Ref: W277)

Associated Monuments

MRD1374Reading Abbey, Reading, Berkshire (Monument)

Associated Finds:

  • None