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Name: Abbey Stables - Reading Abbey, Reading
HER Number: 01022.11.200
Record Type: Monument

Grid Reference: SU 718 734
Administrative Area/Parish:Reading, Reading, Berkshire
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The Abbey Stables were built sometime between 1170 and 1220.

Monument Type(s):

  • WALL (Medieval - 1170 AD to 1300 AD)


The Abbey Stables were located during excavations for the construction of Reading Library. At some time between 1170 and 1220 the abbey stables were built. These two walls were 8m apart, and at least 50m long (no ends have yet been found) they were 1m thick and built of flint and mortar. The same walls were reused when the stable was rebuilt around 1600 AD <1>

<1> Trust for Wessex Archaeology, 1985, Reading Library, An illustrated History of the site (Bibliographic reference). SRD6881.

<2> Berkshire Archaeological Society, 1986-90, Berkshire Archaeological Journal, "Excavations on the site of Reading Abbey stables, 1983" John Hawkes pp67-87 (Journal). SRM14205.


<1>Trust for Wessex Archaeology. 1985. Reading Library, An illustrated History of the site. [Bibliographic reference / SRD6881]
<2>Berkshire Archaeological Society. 1986-90. Berkshire Archaeological Journal. 73. "Excavations on the site of Reading Abbey stables, 1983" John Hawkes pp67-87. [Journal / SRM14205]


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

Associated Events:

ERM1241Site of Reading Abbey Stables

Associated Monuments

MRD1391Building - Abbey Stables at Reading Library, Reading (Monument)

Associated Finds:

  • FRD2643 - ROOF TILE (Medieval to Unknown - 1066 AD)
  • FRD2642 - SHERD (Medieval - 1101 AD to 1300 AD)