Ancient manuscript to be unveiled

The original manuscript of Reading Abbey is thought to have been created between 1227 and 1337.

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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