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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.