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Summer Lecture

Professor James Clark will give a lecture on "The Dissolution and its impact on Reading".

Reading had held a conspicuous profile in this kingdom of cloisters since soon after the Norman Conquest but beyond the grisly winter spectacle of 1539, the experience of the Dissolution in the town and its’ neighbourhood is not easily glimpsed in the fragments of written and material evidence that now survive. This talk will trace what can be known of the last months of Reading’s monks and friars, and the places and people associated with them, and also their fortunes following the crown’s seizure of their buildings, contents and outlying property.