Friends of Reading Abbey - a Look Back at Past Events



Friends of Reading Abbey outing to Lewes

On July 6th about 30 Friends enjoyed a very pleasant outing to a number of historic sites around Lewes in Sussex. First was a visit to the Anne of Cleves House museum in Southover, so-called because the house was given to Anne of Cleves as part of the divorce settlement between her and Henry VIII. It is now a museum of Tudor, Elizabethan and later artifacts from the local area. This was followed by a tour of Lewes Priory, the ruins of the first Cluniac house in England, and the Gundrada Chapel in the nearby church of St John the Baptist, where the founders of Lewes Priory, William de Warenne and his wife Gundrada, are interred. On the way home, Friends were able to view the notable medieval wall paintings in the church of St John the Baptist in Clayton.
The four photographs below are part of a set kindly provided by Chris Widdows. All of Chris' photographs can be viewed by clicking here.

1. Anne of Cleves House

2. Lewes Priory

3. Gundrada Chapel in St John the Baptist church, Southover, Lewes

4. St John the Baptist church, Clayton


Friends' Summer Party

The Friends' Summer Party on Sunday 19 June, in the Forbury Gardens, went well. The rain held off, and the Party attracted a good number of people. The guided tours of the Abbey Quarter proved popular, as did the impromptu performance of scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream by the Progress Theatre Company: this is their outdoor production this July, in Caversham Court Gardens.

The workshops and community singing of Sumer is Icumen in, led by David Owen Norris, attracted around 100 singers. We sang the round twice to an attentive audience.

These photos of the event were kindly provided by David Shephard:

A set of photos of the Summer Party kindly supplied by Chris Widdows can be viewed by clicking here



Friends enjoyed a memorable outing to Oxford on 8th July 2015. An article about it is available here



Abbey Ruins tours during 2014

Photographs from the 2014 Waterfest tours of the Ruins and from the Summer Party in Caversham Court Gardens can be seen here.
Thank you to Dave Shephard for the photography work.

An account of the tours held on the 9th May 2014 appears on the 'getreading' website, link
Friends assist Museum staff at Waterfest 2014. Click to see the Museum page
about Getting Involved.