History of Reading Abbey

This page contains further links to websites with information about the history of Reading Abbey



The British History Online article about Reading Abbey British History Online
Timeline of Reading Abbey events from first references to Reading to the present Reading Abbey timeline
List of notable dates during the Abbey's history Notable dates
Reading Museum's Abbey Quarter website gives a summary of the history of Reading Abbey and the Abbey Quarter Abbey Quarter - history
Professor Brian Kemp's book "Reading Abbey: an introduction to the history of the abbey", originally published in 1968, is here available as a pdf file. Note: the size of the file is 18mb. If you are likely to view the file from time to time, save a copy locally eg on your hard drive. Introduction to the History of Reading Abbey
The Royal Abbey of Reading: Paper given by Professor Brian Kemp, emeritus, Reading University to the XXIInd Colloquium of the International Reynard Society, July 2017. This transcription of the text was produced by John Painter and published by the Friends of Reading Abbey to mark the inaugural Professor Brian Kemp memorial lecture in March 2021. The Royal Abbey of Reading
Professor Brian Kemp maintained sets of notes relevant to Reading Abbey. Work is being undertaken to transfer some of the notes to computer format. This first one is from a Day School held at Douai Abbey in October 2000 and is entitled "Monasticism in the Salisbury Diocese in the Middle Ages." Monasticism in the Salisbury Diocese
This is a transcription of a lecture delivered by Professor Brian Kemp to the Friends of Reading Abbey in 2012. The title of the lecture is "Reading Abbey's Financial Crises in the Second Half of the Thirteenth Century". The transcription was carried out by John Painter. Reading Abbey's Financial Crises, 13th century
British History Online: The Borough of Reading. This article gives much detailed information about the transactions and relations between town and abbey. British History Online - Reading
David Nash Ford's "Royal Berkshire History": articles on Reading and Reading Abbey Royal Berkshire History - Reading
Royal Berkshire History - Reading Abbey
Tudor Place is a website run by a historian interested in the Tudors. The link points to an article about Reading Abbey. Note that the Home page links in Tudor Place may not work - remove the final "l" from "html" in the website's address (so "...html" reads ...htm"), then press Return Tudor Place - Reading Abbey
Catholic Online, short article about Reading Abbey. A footnote corrects the initial statement that Reading is in Surrey Catholic Online - Reading Abbey
The book "Lives of the English Martyrs declared Blessed by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and 1895" has a section about Hugh Cook Faringdon, the last Abbot of Reading. Lives of the English Martyrs - Hugh Cook Faringdon
This paper on "Cluniac Reading and Paisley" by Harriet Mahood includes background to the founding of Reading Abbey. Note that the text can be read without downloading it Cluniac Reading and Paisley
Leonard Cox was a 15th century scholar appointed in 1529 as master of Reading School (which at that time would have been a part of the Abbey) by Abbot Hugh Cook Faringdon. This article about him was written by Martin Murphy and appears in Humanistica Lovaniensia (a department in Leuven University), pages 75-95. A link is also given to the Wikipedia article about Leonard Cox. Leonard Cox
Wikipedia article