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The Abbey Gateway - 2005-2010

CultureMix moved Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra (RASPO) into the Abbey Gateway in 2005. The building provided an ideal opportunity for growth with space for rehearsals, storage and an office.

Situated overlooking Forbury Gardens the Abbey Gateway was originally the Inner Gateway of Reading Abbey that led from the public open space of the Forbury into the monks' private precincts. It was used as a schoolroom by Reading Ladies' Boarding School in the late 1700s and Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra went to school there in 1785-86.

The Gateway partially collapsed in 1861 and was rebuilt by architect Gilbert Scott in Victorian medieval style. Scott reincorporated medieval features from the 12th to 14th centuries. It is a Grade I Listed Building.

The Abbey Gateway has been home to a range of community activities including film clubs, art groups, a meeting space and for small church services.

Reading's Abbey Gateway shut over safety fears BBC News 15 February 2010

New bid to renovate The Abbey Gateway Get Reading 14 February 2014.

Forbury Gardens view of Abbey Gateway

Forbury Gardens view of Abbey Gateway

Abbey Gateway Reading Berkshire UK

RASPO's PanYard Closes - February 2010

The Abbey Gateway home to RASPO Steel Orchestra since 2005 has been fenced off by contractors following safety concerns about the ancient structure. More...

Abbey Gateway Interior

Abbey Gateway interior

Light and airy with a high wooden vaulted ceiling the Abbey Gateway provided an ideal space for music workshops and orchestra rehearsals.

The office area hosted meetings, tutor training, work experience and a base for internships and administration.

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The Abbey Gateway on TV:
CBBC Level Up 2006
BBC Politics Show 2007
ITV News 2007
ITV News 2008