Reading Abbey Ruins
This image is of the Reading Abbey ruins from c.1800 (D/EX27/Z8) which is taken from sets of engraving, 1791-1804. It was was amongst the papers of the Arrowsmith and Bannard families. Henry Bannard married the eldest daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Arrowsmith and the collection includes engravings and prints made by Thomas Arrowsmith (d. 1846) and continued by H E Bannard, son of Henry Bannard and his wife. If you would like to find out more about the collection, please see our online catalogue.
We have turned the image of the Reading Abbey ruins into an online jigsaw via Jigsaw Explorer which you can have a go at making. Simply click on this link and have some fun!
2021 marked 900 years of the founding of Reading Abbey. The BRO holds a number of items either from the Abbey or relating to it which reflect aspects of the abbey’s relationship to Reading town. In collaboration with the History Department of the University of Reading, the BRO put together some web pages about the documents we hold on the Abbey and you can view them online.