Reading Abbey - Remains - Abbey Gateway

Abbey Gateway after the restoration by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1861

The Abbey's Inner Gateway also known as the Abbey Gateway adjoins Reading's crown court and Forbury Gardens. The Inner Gateway is one of only two buildings that survived the dissolution, the other being the Hospitium. The Inner Gateway which once guarded the way into the monks' area with the Abbot's House from The Forbury, which was open to the general public. In the Middle Ages it was used as a meeting place between the Abbot and townsfolk and confrontations were common, particularly over the Mayoral elections.

Hugh Cook Faringdon, the last abbot of Reading was hanged outside the Abbey Gateway in 1539, bringing the site's monastic connection to an end.

In the late 18th century, it housed the Abbey School for Girls, which was attended by novelist Jane Austen. It was heavily restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott, after a partial collapse during a storm in 1861. The Abbey Gateway is Grade I listed building.

In February 2010 the Gateway was shut due to safety concerns, after stones fell from the building. Temporary fencing was put up around to protect pedestrians (see image).

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