Reading
Community ID
 
1997
 
Region
 
2B
 
Corporate Status
 
Priory
 
Date Founded
 
970 (circa); Refounded in 1121 for Benedictine monks.
 
Date Terminated
 
1066-1086, possibly as early as 1006
 
Foundation Information
 

According to tradition, Aelfthryth, mother of Aethelred the Unready, mother-in-law of St. Edward the Martyr, built this monastary as pennance. She founded it as a house for men and women or perhaps as two houses together.

 
Notable Heads
 

Leofrun provided witness in a land dispute between Wynflaed and Leofwine.
Leofeva may have been the last abbess of the community of Reading.

 
Assets/Property
 

Under abbess Leofeva, the nun's church at reading held eight hides of land valued at 9 pounds (Domesday Book: a survey of the counties of England, I, fo 58ra).

 
Miscellaneous Information
 

No pre-conquest sources directly attest to the presence of women at Reading. However, there is a memory in the 12th century of a long defunct community of nuns having existed at Reading.

 
Contributors
 
Bruce L. Venarde
 
Contributors Notes
 

The presence of women at Reading needs further investigation and verification.

 
Date Started
 
970
 
Date Finished
 
1066
 
Length
 
271