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Reading during the reign of Elizabeth I

An online talk by Joan Dils

Thu 21 May, 14:00 - Online

Enjoy this talk from the comfort and safety of your own home, whilst still being able to ask questions to the speaker. 

At the commencement of Elizabeth’s reign Reading was bankrupt, yet during her reign it became a thriving, growing town. However, whilst it was the largest and richest settlement in the Thames Valley, and now with its own local government, it was still beset by epidemic disease and poverty. 

Queen Elizabeth I paid many visits to Reading, the last of which was in 1602: she would stay at the abbey, then a royal palace, and attend services at St Laurence’s Church. 


The talk will last approximately one hour after which there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Advance booking is required as you will be sent a link to access the live talk. The booking system will close 24 hours before the talk. For full details and to book online see: 

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About Berkshire Family History Society

This talk is organised by Berkshire Family History Society, a registered charity no. 283010.