Other places to visit
relevant to Reading Abbey
The Museum of Reading holds the material from archaeological excavations, the stone sculpture, historic paintings and drawings and early photographs of the Abbey. You can find out about the collections and displays on http://www.readingmuseum.org.uk.
Douai Abbey near Woolhampton is a modern Benedictine abbey. The monks there continue the centuries old tradition of worship, and a visit to one of their services both brings Reading Abbey into the present and allows a visit to Reading Abbey in the past. The website is http://www.douaiabbey.org.uk.
St James's Roman Catholic church to the north of the Abbey Ruins has some stones from the Abbey; details are on the website http://www.crsbi.ac.uk/crsbi/frame21.html
Abbeys and cathedrals which stand complete nowadays to see with Romanesque architecture are Durham, Gloucester, Hereford, Southwell, Tewksbury, Winchester. A complete list of buildings with Romanesque sculpture similar to Reading Abbey is given in http://www.crsbi.ac.uk.
To the north of Reading in the county of Berkshire as it was then there was an Abbey at Abingdon. At Abingdon the parish church by the town and the attached gateway still stand. http://www.berkshirehistory.com/churches/abingdon_abbey.html. http://www.britannia.com/history/berks/abingdon.html.
Leominster church still stands and is used as the parish church. It was originally the church of the priory attached to Reading Abbey. http://www.theheritagetrail.co.uk/priories/leominster_priory.htm. http://www.britannia.com/history/herefords/churches/leominster.html.
At Lewes there are ruins and some remaining buildings of the priory from which monks came in 1121 to found Reading. http://www.lewes-town.co.uk/infopage.asp?infoid=42&infopage=index.
The land furthest away from Reading which once belonged to the abbey is the Isle of May. http://www.xs4all.nl/~josvg/scot/dundee02/isle-may.html.
Other Abbey sites near Reading are the priory church at Hurley and the ruins of Waverley Abbey.
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