Origins of Oracle shopping centre
Wed 23 September 2009, 12:53 pm
The Oracle shopping centre in Reading celebrates its tenth anniversary on 23 September 2009, but is built on the ruins of much more ancient buildings.(Sourced from BBC.)
From 1996 to 1998, a team of up to 50 archaeologists worked on excavations on the site of The Oracle development.
They discovered an ancient tannery, items from the ruins of Reading Abbey and a water mill dating back to the Domesday Book.
The Oracle itself takes its name from a 17th Century workhouse.