Views sought on Reading Abbey lottery funding bid

Reading Abbey ruins Reading Abbey was founded by Henry I in 1121 and the king was buried there

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Residents and visitors to Reading are being asked for their views on how to conserve its ancient Abbey Quarter.

The borough council has launched an online survey as it prepares for a third bid for Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) money next month.

Two previous bids for funding have been unsuccessful.

Buildings in the quarter include the 12th Century abbey, founded by Henry I, Jane Austen's school and Reading Gaol which was made famous by Oscar Wilde.

'Historic jewel'

The authority said the bid would focus on the ruins of the abbey, built in 1121 and site of Henry I's burial, and Abbey Gate which are both scheduled ancient monuments.

Paul Gittings, Reading Borough Council's lead member for culture, described Abbey Quarter as an "historic jewel in Reading's crown" and said the authority had a "long standing ambition" to conserve and promote it for future generations.

He added comments received through the survey would be used to "tailor the bid" before it is submitted.

Members of the public have until the end of the month to register their comments.

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