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Reading, Yield Hall excavation, Berkshire

(51°27′14″N, 0°58′15″W)
Reading, Yield Hall excavation
SU 716 733
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Berkshire
now Reading
medieval Salisbury
now Oxford
  • Ron Baxter
29 May 1997

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Feature Sets

The site of a rescue excavation by the Oxford Archaeological Unit, carried out in 1996-98 during the building of the Oracle Shopping Centre. The remains of a 16thc timber framed building were found below the Yield Hall (fomer Guild Hall), and in the course of the work, several carved and moulded stones came to light, including the corbel described below.


The original Yield Hall acted as the Town Hall but was found to be too small for its purpose and the council moved to the former Greyfriars and then to the refectory of the Hospitium of St John (qv) after the Dissolution.


Loose Sculpture


The corbel is likely to have come from Reading abbey.


B. M. Ford, D. Poore, R. Shaffrey, D. R. P. Wilkinson, Under the Oracle: Excavations at the Oracle Shopping Centre site 1996-8: the medieval and post-medieval urban development of the Kennet floodplain in Reading. Oxford 2013.