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CHURCH OF SAINT MARY

List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: CHURCH OF SAINT MARY

List entry Number: 1113427

Location

CHURCH OF SAINT MARY, CASTLE STREET

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:

District: Reading

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish:

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 22-Mar-1957

Date of most recent amendment: 14-Dec-1978

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 38821

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List entry Description

Summary of Building

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History

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Details

CASTLE STREET 1. 5128 (North Side) Church of St Mary (Formerly listed as Chapel of St Mary) SU 7173 SW 2/72 22.3.57. II* GV 2. 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 chandeliers.

Listing NGR: SU7133173259

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National Grid Reference: SU 71334 73246

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