Throughout the site you will see pictures and illustrations. We are happy for you to use these so long as you give an acknowledgement mentioning this website. Some may have copyright restrictions which I will endeavour to indicate. We would be grateful if you could get in touch before posting them. Likewise if you use any text please give the appropriate acknowledgements.
John and Lindsay Mullaney
To read about the research that went into creating the above illustration follow this link
Welcome to our new website.
For those of you who have been following the development of this website, I thank you for your interest and patience whilst we have been putting up information. It is beginning to take form but new material is being posted virtually every day.
The initial impetus for this website was the Hidden Abbey Stones Project HASP. More of this in a moment.
However there is so much more of the story, and the stones themselves are just part of this.
Consequently the site will be continually changing as I add sections and more information. This covers various features of the Abbey such as its music, architecture and other historical aspects.
I am also adding contributions from groups, individuals and organisations who send me comments and information.
If you feel that you have something to say or add please do get in touch.
So what is HASP?
The Hidden Abbey Stones Project, HASP, is an exciting new venture, instigated by John and Lindsay Mullaney.
It comes out of the Hidden Abbey Project, which won a Reading Cultural Award in the category "Celebrating Reading’s Heritage" in June 2017.
The Project’s aim is to involve the people of Reading in the rediscovery of the fabric of the great Benedictine Abbey of Reading, founded by King Henry I in 1121.
One question which we hope to answer is whether the Abbey changed much during its 400 years as an active monastery. To what extent will we find evidence of changing styles of architecture? And from this information can we say more about what life in the Abbey and in Reading may have been like?