I visited St Mary's Church in Reading the other day for my blog and while talking to the lady's selling charity Christmas Cards mentions the Butts and told them the story behid the name, I was supprised when they told me they never knew of it, told them the meaning behind the name. So just in case you are wondering if I am talking about another kind of butt here is what it really means. The Information comes from Wikipedia
"In the Middle Ages, Edward IV made it compulsory for all yeomen in England to learn archery. An archery butts was set up on the land in front of the Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin. It was used by the adult males of Reading to practice on Sundays. Some of the archers who fought at the Battle of Agincourt trained at St Mary's Butts. In 1631 the town paid £3 to have the archery grounds closed."
When I came out of the church I noticed a mural on the base of a CCTV pole showing Archers
Round the otherside were two more
And across the road on a communications box the Achery Butt
So if you go to Reading and find yourself in St Mary's Butts you know the story behind the name
Taking Part in Monday Mural