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Institute of Tourists Guiding

MR 04676

Reading Abbey 900

Discovering King Henry I and a few Bs

What's the story?

This year is the 900th anniversary of the foundation of Reading Abbey by King Henry I.  So it is an ideal opportunity to revisit this much-ignored town, to discover the remains of the abbey and explore the rest of the town’s history.

This NEW talk does just that.

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Talk details:

Village hall or your meeting venue
45 to 60 minutes
Online via Zoom
45 to 60 minutes

What will I find out?

Why did Henry I create an abbey, and why in Reading?

How did the abbey function?

What is its history?

What remains of the abbey can we see?

How did the town of Reading grow, and what were its main industries?

What are the Three Bs all about?

What other important events happened in Reading?


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This talk is now being given online

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A site that is visited during our tours in Reading

Qualifications and accreditations

  • Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding
  • Member of the British Guild of Tourist Guides
  • Blue Badge Guide for South and South East England 2011
  • Blue Badge Guide for South West England 2014
  • Ambassador for the Great West Way
  • Member of Friends of Reading Abbey
  • Member of Reading CIC
  • Reading resident for nearly 40 years

Hilary Powley

The Friendship Club

We have enjoyed several of Graham’s talks and they have always been well presented, interesting and entertaining.

Mollie Dunning

Maidenhead Townswomen's Guild

We have had some very interesting talks from Graham.  He really enjoys his subjects and passes his interest and knowledge onto his audiences.  Our members certainly look forward to the meetings when Graham is giving a talk.

Online attendee


Seeing a talk online worked really well and it was easy to book.  Graham was very good answering our questions at the end.

Alan Copeland

Whitchurch Camera Club

Graham is a regular visitor to our meetings and his talks are always very popular.  He displays a great depth of knowledge of his subject, is very professional and informative in his delivery and his talks are illustrated with superb photography.

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