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Church of Saint Mary

A Grade II* Listed Building in Abbey, Reading

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Latitude: 51.4537 / 51°27'13"N

Longitude: -0.9748 / 0°58'29"W

OS Eastings: 471334

OS Northings: 173246

OS Grid: SU713732

Mapcode National: GBR QLG.4B

Mapcode Global: VHDWT.2Q1G

Entry Name: Church of Saint Mary

Listing Date: 22 March 1957

Last Amended: 14 December 1978

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1113427

English Heritage Legacy ID: 38821

Location: Reading, RG1

County: Reading

Electoral Ward/Division: Abbey

Built-Up Area: Reading

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire

Church of England Parish: Reading St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Listing Text

(North Side)
Church of St Mary
(Formerly listed as
Chapel of St Mary)
SU 7173 SW 2/72 22.3.57.
Opened 1798. (Episcopalian). Architect R Billing. Originally a simple Georgian
building but in 1840 the present hexastyle portico in Greek Corinthian style
(fluted columns) was added to the designs of "Mr Briant" (Henry and Nathaniel
Briant were prominent local architect/builders, responsible for the King Street
Bank and the Royal Berkshire Hospital). Stucco with large stone pedimented
portico (whose capitals probably are of Coade stone). 3 stepped doorways with
architrave surrounds. The bell turret (designed by Briant and inspired from
the Tower of the Winds) is now only a solid plinth with rebated corners and
moulded cornice. 5 bay rave with round headed windows. This building which
stands on the site of the former Reading gaol is of considerable importance
to the street, One of Reading's best church interiors: late C18 galleried
in 5 bays with marbled Doric ground floor and Ionic gallery columns. Modillion
cornice to coved central ceiling. Raised and fielded panelling to box piers.
Small projecting chancel with bay for mid C19 organ to left. 2 mid C19 cast-iron

Listing NGR: SU7133173259

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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