Remains of Reading Abbey: a Cluniac and Benedictine monastery - Reading (UA)

Substantial standing remains of abbey established by Henry I in 1121. Reading Borough Council accepted a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for works to the ruins and gatehouse and these works were completed and the ruins opened to the public in June 2018. The Historic England grant to Reading Borough Council to repair the refectory wall is also complete. Other sections in separate ownerships still need consolidation. A Historic England grant has been accepted by St James's church to develop a repair project for the elements in their ownership.

Remains of Reading Abbey: a Cluniac and Benedictine monastery - Reading (UA)
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Reading Abbey: A Cluniac And Benedictine Monastery And Civil War Earthwork.
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1007932
  • Local Planning Authority: Reading (UA)
  • Site Type: Religious ritual and funerary > Religious house

Location

  • Building Name: Remains of Reading Abbey: a Cluniac and Benedictine monastery
  • Unitary Authority: Reading (UA)
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Reading East
  • Region: South East

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Fair
  • Occupancy / Use: Not applicable
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: C
  • Ownership: Local authority, multiple owners
  • Designation: Scheduled Monument, 14 LBs, part in RPG grade II, part in CA

Contact Details

Nicola Lauder 01483 252074

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England