Revealing the Abbey

Tue 4 August 2015, 10:53 am

An archaeological research scheme has been launched to help develop understanding of Reading Abbey, which once dominated the heart of the town.

Part of the investigation will involve a radar survey, which will reveal the extent of the foundations and increase knowledge of the abbey’s size, plan and architecture. The Reading Prison site sits over the eastern part of the original abbey.

The Hidden Abbey Project is supported by Historic England (English Heritage), Reading Borough Council, the University of Reading, Berkshire Archaeology and the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth, the owner of a significant part of the site, including the likely burial place of Henry I. 

The archaeological investigations are likely to cost several thousand pounds and exclusive access is granted to Channel 4 and Darlow Smithson Productions, who will be following the progress of the project.


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