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Name: Hard area at Reading Abbey Wharf, Reading
HER Number: 01022.15.000
Record Type: Monument

Grid Reference: SU 719 734
Administrative Area/Parish:Reading, Reading, Berkshire
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The monks created a clay mound along the waterfront to form a dry area at sometime between 1125 and 1150.

Monument Type(s):

  • HARD (Medieval - 1125 AD to 1150 AD)


Initially between confluences of Holybrook/Kennet and mill overflow/Kennet, was marshy land. Monks created a clay mound along waterfront 40m x 16m + 1.5m thick, to form dry area. To south supported by wattle fencing, to north a hard beaching area. Built sometime between AD 1125 and 1150.

<1> Trust for Wessex Archaeology, 1986, Reading Abbey Waterfront (Bibliographic reference). SRD6888.

<2> Hawkes J.W and Fasham P.J, 1997, Excavations on Reading Waterfront Sites 1979 -1988 (Wessex Archaeology Monograph Report Report No.5) (Monograph). SRD12596.


<1>Trust for Wessex Archaeology. 1986. Reading Abbey Waterfront. [Bibliographic reference / SRD6888]
<2>Hawkes J.W and Fasham P.J. 1997. Excavations on Reading Waterfront Sites 1979 -1988 (Wessex Archaeology Monograph Report Report No.5). [Monograph / SRD12596]

Associated Events:

ERD42Abbey Wharf 1983-4 (Ref: W61A, W61B)

Associated Monuments

MRD140514th century oak posts and wattle revetment - Reading Abbey Wharf (Monument)
MRD140715th century warehouse building - Reading Abbey Wharf (Monument)
MRD1406Early 15th century channel - Reading Abbey Wharf (Monument)
MRD1403Hard beaching at Reading Abbey Wharf (Monument)
MRD1409Phase 7 Reading Abbey Wharf (Monument)
MRD1410Phase 8 Reading Abbey Wharf (Monument)
MRD1411Phase 9 Reading Abbey Wharf (Monument)
MRD1404Revetment - Reading Abbey Wharf (Monument)
MRD1408Revetment - Reading Abbey Wharf (Monument)
MRD1402Revetment at clay mound - Reading Abbey Wharf (Monument)
MRD1374Reading Abbey, Reading, Berkshire (Monument)

Associated Finds:

  • None