Reading Abbey. Antique print of Reading Abbey a large, ruined Cluniac abbey in the centre of the town of Reading, in the English county of Berkshire. It was founded by Henry I in 1121 “for the salvation of my soul, and the souls of King William, my father, and of King William, my brother, and Queen Maud, my wife, and all my ancestors and successors”. Original copper-plate engraving dated in the plate 24th of May 1784. Size of engraved area 5x6ins. .