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Abbey Gate, Reading

Description: Abbey Gate

Grade: I
Date Listed: 22 March 1957
English Heritage Building ID: 38933

OS Grid Reference: SU7188273556
OS Grid Coordinates: -691026, -15286931
Latitude/Longitude: 1,000.0000, 1,000.0000

Location: 1 The Forbury, Reading RG1 1AR

Locality: Reading
County: Reading
Country: England
Postcode: RG1 1AR

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There is also a scheduled monument, Reading Abbey: a Cluniac and Benedictine Monastery and Civil War Earthwork., at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

Abbey Gate
SU 7173 NE 1/112 22.5. 57.


C12 to C14. Entirely remodelled by Sir George Gilbert Scott 1861. Flint and
Bath stone ashlar, quoins etc to ground floor. 2 storeys with shaped modillion
cornice, parapet with weathered coping, Central pointed archway with roll
mould and gabled drip over. Flanking buttresses. 4 lancets on 1st floor with
foiled heads, 2 on ground floor with impost and cill strings. Octagonal end
turrets with cornice, parapet and cope. Turrets and buttresses chamfered below
squinches of 1st floor; headstops in squinches. Inside the archway is a large
round headed arch with a double flat roll. Entrance passage intended to be
vaulted, 2 pointed doorways and stairs to left. Rear much the same except
for round headed entrance.

Listing NGR: SU7188273556

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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