The ruins of Reading Abbey and the Abbey Quarter

This page contains further links to websites and articles with information about the ruins and about the Abbey Quarter



Reading Museum's Abbey Quarter website gives an introduction to the Abbey ruins and Abbey Quarter. Abbey Quarter website
This is a comprehensive guide to what can be seen around the Abbey Quarter. The Friends of Reading Abbey guide
This tour leaflet was produced by the Friends of Reading Abbey as a tour around the Abbey Quarter. It takes into account the current closure of the ruins. The Friends' tour of the Abbey Quarter: Tour leaflet and Map
Reading Museum’s online collections website. Photographs of paintings and other images relating to Reading Abbey can be found by searching for ‘Reading Abbey’ in the search box in the top right corner Reading Museum Collections Online
The Reading Libraries website lists an extensive set of images and documents concerning the Abbey ruins, and many other local studies subjects. They can be viewed as follows: click on the link to go to the library website's main Search page. Enter in the search box the word(s) you would like to search on, eg "Reading Abbey" or "abbey ruins" and click the Search button. To view an illustration, click on the thumbnail icon for it.
The link defaults to searching on the full library catalogue. If you wish to look for photos and images only, click on the "Local illustrations" link in the left panel before carrying out the Search.
Reading Libraries website
The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland, section on Reading Abbey. Contains (in the map below the set of images) links to articles about sites in the town centre with material from the Abbey, including 35 London St (RISC Centre) and Reading Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin.
To obtain a full-scale view of an image, click on it, then click on the larger version of the image which appears above the set of images
Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture - Reading Abbey
Wikipedia entry for Reading Abbey Reading Abbey in Wikipedia
Articles about Reading Abbey by John Mullaney. These cover a number of aspects of Reading Abbey:-

1. Reading Abbey and the Forbury: Maps, Surveys and Excavations. Description of the mapping and investigatory work on the Abbey ruins, from Speed's map of 1610 to the ground penetrating radar survey in 2016.

2. The Reading Abbey Chancel. Discussion of what is known about the appearance of the interior of the east end of the church of Reading Abbey and how the space was used. The document contains links to two other .pdf files, on pages 2 and 11. These files are included here under links "GPR survey: The East end" and "GPR survey: the Nave".

3. Notes on Reading Abbey's towers. Discussion of the possible design and height of the tower(s) of Reading Abbey, taking into account when the Abbey was founded and the appearance of other ecclesiastical buildings of that era (pdf file).

4. The Reading Abbey Coronation Stone. John Mullaney describes this sculpted stone, one of a number of stones found at Borough Marsh Farm in 1949.

5. The Reading Abbey History website. This is run by John and Lindsay Mullaney and covers various features of the Abbey such as its music, architecture and other historical aspects. The website includes information about the Hidden Abbey project and the Hidden Abbey Stones project (HASP).

1. Maps, Surveys and Excavations

2. The Reading Abbey Chancel
      GPR survey: The East End
      GPR survey: the Nave

3. Reading Abbey's towers

4. The Coronation Stone

5. Reading Abbey History

Historic England: List entry for "Reading Abbey Ruins" as a Grade I Listed Building Historic England - Reading Abbey Ruins: Grade I listed building
Historic England: List entry for "Abbey Gate" as a Grade I Listed Building Historic England - Reading Abbey Inner Gateway: Grade I listed building
Historic England: List entry for "Reading Abbey: a Cluniac and Benedictine monastery and Civil War earthwork" as a Scheduled Monument Historic England - Reading Abbey as a Scheduled Monument
Heritage Gateway (managed by Historic England). This page includes links to information about separate parts of Reading Abbey ("Associated Monuments"), and contains a list of bibliographic Sources. Heritage Gateway - Reading Abbey
Pastscape (Historic England website) entry on Reading Abbey Pastscape - Reading Abbey