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the abbot's apartments
As befitted his status and the guests he had to entertain, the Abbot had his own House beside the Inner Gateway and within the conventual area where the monks lived. Here there were sumptuous guest rooms for important people, including the king and queen when they visited, and we can imagine the arrival of the royal court doubling the number of people in the Abbey although most would stay in the town. The Abbot also had a country house at Bere Court near Pangbourne and a deer park at Whitley.

The exact position of the buildings where the abbot lived and entertained his guests is not known for certain but they are thought be have been by the inner gateway.

Copyright Reading Museum Service from "Reading Abbey", published by Reading Museum & Art Gallery 1988.

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