Reading abbey was founded by King Henry I, who was laid to rest there under an early effigy in 1133. The abbey was later patronised by three Hugh Mortimers, two being of Wigmore (d.1181 and d.1227) and one of Chelmarsh (d.1202). The last Hugh of Wigmore left the monks there his heart and bowels in his will and they placed them in a tomb in front of the altar of St Mary. Leominster priory was a cell of Reading.
Little now remains of the abbey except for ruins of the chapter house [above], dormer [below] and associated buildings.
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