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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Abbey, Reading

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Latitude: 51.4544 / 51°27'15"N

Longitude: -0.9736 / 0°58'25"W

OS Eastings: 471411

OS Northings: 173319

OS Grid: SU714733

Mapcode National: GBR QLG.D3

Mapcode Global: VHDWT.2PMY

Plus Code: 9C3XF23G+PG

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 22 March 1957

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1113573

English Heritage Legacy ID: 39156

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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ST MARY'S BUTTS (east side)
Church of St Mary



Church of England. Like St Laurence's, a Reading landmark. Nothing retains of the Norman Church except a doorway built into north wall. Built in distinctive materials: a chequerwork of quarry and quaternary flint and Taynton stone ashlar with tiled roofs.

Prominent west tower, hall church with four bay aisled nave and projecting chancel. The tower, 1550-53, is of three stages, crenellated and with polygonal angle buttresses capped by crocketed pinnacles.

The south aisle with projecting gabled porch in third bay is 5+2 (later) bays with dividing buttresses and Decorated-style tracery.

Three bay chancel (1864) in Early English style with bill flowers to moulded cornice. (Built in knapped and squared flint).

To north vestry projects with door to east and older polygonal turret with decorated cornice.

The north transept is indicated by a gable. Three bay north aisle (1871, Joseph Morris) with decorated tracery.

Interior: south arcade circa 1200 with chamfered soffits and alternately scalloped and fluted caps (Pevsner sees these as transitional waterleaf) North arcade has a circa 1300 1½ bay return screen to form transept. Arch brace truss roof with scissor braces above. Four dormers in south slope of nave roof. Screen dated 1631 under west tower gallery has cusped panelling. Memorial to William Kendrick (died 1635). Memorial by Flaxman to John Monck (died 1809).

Listing NGR: SU7141073334

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