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where Monks looked after the Poor
- The Orts Gate was the south-eastern outer
stone gateway into the 'enclave' of Reading
- A monk called the 'porter' looked after
the gate. He sat in a room within the gateway watching who was coming
and going. He decided whether to let them in or out, or not.
- A monk called the 'almoner' would
regularly give 'alms' or 'orts' (food) to the poor at the
- The poor people would come along Orts
Lane (London Road), then turn north up 'the Orts' (Watlington Street).
They crossed over the River Kennet at Orts Bridge and received their
food at the Orts Gate. Everything was Orts!