Reading’s Abbey Quarter is rich in history. It contains the burial place of King Henry I of England, the last remaining English King to be found. The ruins of the site of his mausoleum, Reading Abbey, are once again open to explore following a £3.1 million conservation project, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Reading Borough Council. As well as the 12th century Abbey Ruins themselves, the Abbey Quarter was also the site of the Siege of Reading during the English Civil War and later, one of its gateways became the school room of one Jane Austen.
On 23 & 24 April 2018, these stories were brought to life in a SITELINES South Street Arts Centre theatrical production, ‘In Ruins’. Reading UK’s film by George Ormisher sets out to capture the essence of the Abbey Quarter as ‘In Ruins’ brings Reading’s history to life.