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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

More from Reading Museum



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.
Taking Part in Our World Tuesday


24 comments:

  1. Nice little reportage. I like it.

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  2. Beautiful pictures and write-up!

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  3. Beautiful artwork there and such interesting documentation of history.

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  4. I like the light show in the first shot. And so much room to be and soak that up.

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    1. Yes, last time I passed it was occupied

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  5. Lovely Reading shots ~ all very creative ~ I lived in Reading MA for 20 odd years ~ so that caught I my eye ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy Week ahead ~ ^_^

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    1. Never been there though I was in Boston a few times, shame or I'd have visited when I went to Salem

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  6. Even the remains of the abbey are fascinating.

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    1. There is a bit more that than that, the ruin's of the place are half a mile away

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  7. A gruesome period of history. I didn't know Reading had an abbey. Interesting stuff Bill.

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    1. O yes and I went to school beside the ruins, they have been closed for a few years due to H&S, parts were falling off but they have funding now to help preserve them and will be reopening

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  8. Never been to Reading abbey and yes that is definitely Elizabeth I

    Mollyxxx

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    1. DOubt you will till it is reopened though the Museum is worth a visit

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  9. Hi Bill,
    wonderful impressions of this fabulous museum.
    I wish you all the best for 2017 !
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  10. Lovely shots. I like all that white space in the first shot.

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    1. So di dI , not somthing you see in a town very offten

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