Church of St Mary


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Church of St Mary, St Mary's Butts, Reading


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Statutory Address:
Church of St Mary, St Mary's Butts, Reading

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

Reading (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SU 71411 73318


SU 7173 SW 2/235

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

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Date: 31 Mar 2003
Reference: IOE01/10447/06
Rights: Copyright IoE Mrs Lucy Cant. Source Historic England Archive
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