Websites with content related to Reading Abbey

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Reading Museum, historical information about Reading Abbey Reading Museum - Reading Abbey
Reading Museum, information about the Abbey Quarter. There are three links: the first is to the Museum's Reading Abbey Facebook page, which gives the most up-to-date news (note: you do not need to have a Facebook account to read the Facebook page). The second and third are to pages on Reading Museum's website giving a) plans and other information about the Abbey Quarter ("The Vision") / Reading Abbey Revealed project and b) the latest Abbey Quarter newsletters. Reading Museum's Abbey Quarter Facebook page
Reading Museum - Abbey Quarter plans and information
Reading Museum - Abbey Quarter newsletters
English Heritage: List entry for "Reading Abbey Ruins" as a Grade I Listed Building English Heritage - Reading Abbey: Grade I listed building
English Heritage: List entry for "Abbey Gate" as a Grade I Listed Building English Heritage - Reading Abbey Inner Gateway: Grade I listed building
English Heritage: List entry for "Reading Abbey: a Cluniac and Benedictine monastery and Civil War earthwork" as a Scheduled Ancient Monument English Heritage - Reading Abbey scheduled as Ancient Monument
The former Reading Prison, which closed in 2013, is located within the Abbey Quarter. Reading Borough Council have set out guidelines on the future of the site in this Reading Prison Framework document. The link takes you to RBC's Planning Policy page. The Framework document can be found as a pdf file in the fourth section "Supplementary Planning Documents - Sites" Reading Borough Council - Reading Prison Framework
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 Borough Libraries website has an extensive set of images of the Abbey ruins. They can be viewed as follows: click on the link, enter in the search box the word "illustrations " followed by a search word such as "Reading Abbey" or "ruins" and click the red/white arrow button. To view an illustration, click on the thumbnail icon for it. Illustrations of Reading scenes categorised by Subject may be viewed by clicking on the Local Illustrations tab on the Search screenReading Borough Libraries - illustrations
Heritage Gateway (managed by English heritage). 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 (English Heritage website) entry on Reading Abbey Pastscape - Reading Abbey
Wikipedia entry for Reading AbbeyReading Abbey in Wikipedia
Wikimedia Commons: Images of King Henry I, founder of Reading Abbey Henry I images
Berkshire Archaeological Journal: articles about Reading Abbey. This PDF file contains a list of volumes of the journal which have articles about Reading Abbey. Berkshire Archaeological Journal PDF file
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
The Abbot of Reading was a witness at the 1297 sealing of Magna Carta, when its provisions were made part of statute law. Three of these provisions remain as part of UK law. The link is to current UK legislation, showing the three provisions still current, with the list of witnesses including the Abbot of Reading (spelt Reding)Magna Carta (1297 Charter)
British History Online articles on "The borough of Reading: The borough" and "Houses of Benedictine Monks: The Abbey of Reading" British History Online - Reading
British History Online - Reading Abbey
David Nash Ford's "Royal Berkshire History": articles on Reading and Reading Abbey Royal Berkshire History - Reading
Royal Berkshire History - Reading Abbey
Britannia "Tour and Travel Guide to the British Isles", article on Reading by David Nash Ford Britannia Tour and Travel Guide - Reading
Digplanet pulls together various articles about Reading Abbey. Two tabs contain collections of items of interest.
The Youtube tab has four videos:-
 - Reading Abbey - Sites of Significance (5m 25s)
 - A selection of images of Reading Abbey and Forbury Gardens (5m 49s)
 - Reading Abbey Formulary, a medieval book acquired in 2013 by Berkshire Records Office (3m 50s)
 - Reading Abbey 3D laser scan (0m 40s)

The Books tab contains a selection of scanned-in Books which contain references to Reading Abbey. Many can be read directly via an on-line version, others cannot for copyright reasons. Note that the radio button choice to "Limit to books that you can completely read online" does not appear to put such a choice into effect.
To find the references to Reading Abbey within a book, type "Reading Abbey" in the Search box and click the search icon.
The following is a selection of the books which can be viewed:-
John Doran, The History and Antiquities of the Town and Borough of Reading in Berkshire: two versions are available: 1835 and 1836
Charles Tomkins, "Views of Reading Abbey, with those of the churches..." , published 1805
John Man "The History and Antiquities Ancient and Modern of the Borough of Reading", published 1816
Charles Coates, "The history and antiquities of Reading", published 1802
Samuel/Daniel Lysons "Magna Britannia: Bedfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire" published 1806 & 1813 (two books)
"The Monthly Magazine" published in 1816.
"The penny Cyclopedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge" published in 1835
"The journey-book of England, Berkshire, (Derbyshire...)" published in 1840
William Evans Burton, "Gentleman's Magazine" published 1838
Samuel Tymms, "The Family Topographer: The Oxford Circuit: Berkshire, Gloucestershire..." published 1834
"Archaeologia, or Miscellaneous tracts relating to antiquity", published 1782: Chapter V, "Observations on Reading Abbey" by Sir Henry Charles Englefield.
Francis Grose: "The Antiquities of England and Wales" published 1783
W. Fletcher, Edmund J. Niemann: "A Tour round Reading, a guide to its environs", published 1840
Mary Russell Mitford, "The works of Mary Russell Mitford: Prose and Verse" published 1841
John Britton, Edward W. Brayley and others, The Beauties of England and Wales, published in 1801
Digplanet - Reading Abbey
Tudor Place is a website run by an Argentine 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
British Towns and Villages Network entry about "Remains of Reading Abbey" British Towns and Villages Network - Reading Abbey
Catholic Online, 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
Paper on "Cluniac Reading and Paisley" by Harriet Mahood. The text can be read without downloading - click the grey cross in the initial window Cluniac Reading and Paisley
Brief history of Reading School describing its origins in Reading Abbey, by the Old Redingensian Association's archivist Ken Brown. Downloads as a PDF fileReading School
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