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Church of St James'

A Grade II Listed Building in Abbey, Reading

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Latitude: 51.4571 / 51°27'25"N

Longitude: -0.9652 / 0°57'54"W

OS Eastings: 471992

OS Northings: 173629

OS Grid: SU719736

Mapcode National: GBR QNF.83

Mapcode Global: VHDWT.7M2W

Entry Name: Church of St James'

Listing Date: 22 March 1957

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1113480

English Heritage Legacy ID: 38939

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

(South side)
Church of
St James'
SU 7173 NE 1/2
SU 7273 7/2 22.3.57.
Roman Catholic 1837-40 by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin. Untypical Norman style. Much altered 1925 by W C Mangan (south aisle and apse ambulatory), and 1962 by Bingham Towner (north aisle). Flint with ashlar dressings. Roman tile roof. Coped gables with footstones. Belfry to west. Round headed clerestory with continuous impost string. 5 bays. Dividing and corner buttresses. West front has oculus at top, large round headed window with flanking blind arcade. Projecting porch with centre break and angled corners, round headed doorway with 2 orders, of chevron. 3 apses to east, centre with ambulatory. 3 bay south aisle with 6 bay double arcade inside. North-east pier has fragment of beaded C12 carving.
INTERIOR: wooden roof, vaulted apse. C12 interlacing on re-used stone from
Abbey is now the font. Pugin's first church design. The Norman style probably
dictated by proximity of Abbey remains.

Listing NGR: SU7199273629

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