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makes Town Rich



  • Trade along the River Kennet to London made Reading merchants rich, especially selling cloth.
  • The Abbey had its own wharf just outside the monastery walls.
  • The Town Wharf, for everyone else to use, was at High Bridge, between London & Duke Street.
  • Local traders had to pay a penny toll at the wharves, both coming and going. Other traders paid twice as much!
  • Lots of luxury goods were imported from London, as well as everyday items like rope, salt, oil and soap.
  • Fish and fresh vegetables arrived in Reading by boat and were sold directly from the deck.
  • People also constantly travelled up to London from the wharves as roads were very bad.


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