Royal visit for Reading’s Abbey Gateway and Ruins

The Duke of Gloucester paid a visit to the town’s historic Reading Abbey Quarter where he also toured Reading Museum’s ever-popular Victorian Schoolroom experience in the Grade I listed Abbey Gateway.

The Museum’s schoolroom experience allows children and young people today to better understand how school’s were run in the Victorian age, including writing on a slate with a dip pen and ink and dressing in Victorian costumes. The Gateway was once part of the Reading Ladies Boarding School, famously attended by Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra. 

The member of the Royal household was accompanied by Mr Andrew Try, Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire. During the visit the royal delegation met the Mayor of Reading, Cllr Tony Page, and staff from Reading Museum. They also spent time in the historic Abbey Ruins including the chapter house which served as the meeting place for the community of monks at the Abbey.

Reading’s Abbey Quarter lies at the heart of Reading and brings together many unique historic sites within the former grounds of Reading Abbey, over 900 years of history.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester whilst in Reading also visited the Royal Berkshire Archives as part of their 75 years of preserving the unique history and heritage of the county celebrations and recent name change to the Royal Berkshire Archives on 10 August 2023. The Berkshire Record Office was granted permission to adopt the new title - 'The Royal Berkshire Archives' after the unanimous support of all six Berkshire councils who jointly applied for the privilege, and was officially approved by the Cabinet Office. The new name reflects Berkshire's unique status as England's only Royal county. The title acknowledges the historical significance and contribution of the archives to Berkshire and allows it to bear the prestigious 'protected title’.

The Royal visit concluded spending time at CIRDIC, the Reading based drop in centre for homeless people.

Last updated on 14/11/2023