the forbury


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Major trading events were held three times a year, by special royal charter, inside the Abbey in the large open area in front of the Abbey Church, called then and now the Forbury. These fairs each lasted for four days. They included such entertainments as we now associate with fairs but were essentially for the buying and selling of goods, people coming from miles around for the occasion.

Pilgrims coming to the Abbey walked across the Forbury from the Abbey Guest house.

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

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