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Funding bid to put Reading Abbey on the heritage map

by Mel Bloor

A bid is in for lottery money to help renovate an important historical site in Berkshire. Founded in 1121, Reading Abbey was one of most important religious houses in Western Europe.

Today, it is regarded as an historic jewel in Reading's crown - hence the bid for some money to restore it. Mel Bloor reports.

The interviewees are: Matthew Williams from Reading Museum; and Councillor Paul Gittings, Culture Lead at Reading Borough Council (Labour).

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Abbey manuscript revealed

An important part of Reading’s history is set to be unveiled on February 28, at the town's Record Office. The original manuscript of Reading Abbey was most probably created between 1340 and 1350.

The manuscript has been examined by reputable experts such as Professor Brian Kemp of the University of Reading, who is convinced of its authenticity and of its value as new evidence for the Abbey’s history.

This piece of Reading’s history is the only known Reading Abbey manuscript remaining in private hands and was sold to the Berkshire Record Office for the below valuation price of £36000.

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