Just before Christmas I was in Reading to get some photos of a Church and took the opportunity of going in the Museum. It provided a little piece of research for another blog I hope to be doing about Reading Abbey some time .
Next door I noticed this office was empty
The first thing I noticed was this picture on a pillar by the Reading Abbey exhibition, it depicts the Last Abbot Hugh Faringdon at his execution which was not very pleasant in those days. He was lucky in fact he died of hear failure before it happened which is more that I can say for the two fellow priests that were with him. He was executed in front of his Abbey
Couple more paintings, the one on the left is the King presiding over Reading Abbey I think the other Queen Elizabeth I
Back to what I was looking at Reading Abbey, the model above shows what it would have looked like and the church over to the left St Laurence is still there today along with a nearby building above it.
Archaeological work has been done around the Abbey Remains and these are some of the finds
I should have read up on what this alabaster carving was off
This is thought to be one of the Cloister pillars from the Abbey. The reformation tore a lot of fine Abbeys down Reading being one of them and I cannot help but wonder what they would be like now had they been left.
I'll leave you with this picture I took on the was back , I think it represents a Christmas Tree.
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