Thomas Reade shares a remarkable piece of history in Oxfordshire.
“Thomas Reade was a prominent citizen of Abingdon in the 16th Century. Her serve as High Sheriff of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Bedfordshire and was a good friend of King Charles II. He inherited Barton Court, a royal manor house, from his aunt Kathryn Audlett, whose husband John was the last Steward of Abingdon Abbey. The Abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538, and Thomas Reade rebuilt the manor house with stone from the tower of the demolished Abbey church. This house was burned down during an ambush in the Civil War, but some ruined walls still stand in the middle of the Barton Court housing estate. The later manor house was demolished in 1967 when the housing estate was built.”