Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II*

List Entry Number: 1113441

Date first listed: 14-Dec-1978



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District: Reading (Unitary Authority)

National Grid Reference: SU 72212 72175


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CHRISTCHURCH ROAD 1. 5128 (South Side) Christ Church SU 7272 9/440 II* 2. Church of England 1861-2 by Henry Woodyer. Enlarged 1874. An extremely good and large High Victorian Church and one of Reading's landmarks. Early English style. North-west tower porch capped by steeple. Built in coursed Pennant rubble with ashlar quoins and dressings. Tiled roofs. 6 bay aisled nave and lower 3 bay chancel. Latter has later vestry (as north transept externally with arcaded string, pointed doorway and plate tracery occulus). 1874 south chapel. Nave clerestory consists of small foiled lancets set in a bold ashlar blind traceried arcade. Aisle windows also cusped, divided by buttresses. Geometric tracery window to chancel and 5 light decorated-style east window. Tower and steeple are the main features, completed 1875 (though carving unfinished). 3 stage tower with angle buttresses with stepped plinth and various set offs, capped by diagonal pinnacles taking fliers to steeple. Gargoyles and unfinished decoration to parapet. Total height to top of steeple 164 ft. Uncarved crockets to south porch. Interior. ruin feature is the chancel arch whose upper part is filled with reticulated tracery (said to represent the Veil of the Temple ). Arcade has Purbeck shafts and gablets to capitals which have large naturalistic flowers. cusped rere-arches to clerestory. Queen post roof with wind braces. Collar purlin roof with scissor braces in chancel. Pulpit, also probably by Woodyer, in 2 stages. Low flint wall about 4 ft high and with chamfered capping to street. The church was originally planned as a 'chapel of ease' for St Giles', to cope with an expanding parish. Woodyer's school in Basingstoke Road (qv St Paul's School) was used until Christ Church was ready.

Listing NGR: SU7221272175


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Legacy System number: 38852

Legacy System: LBS

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