Douai Abbey Church


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Douai Abbey Church, Upper Woolhampton, Reading, RG7 5TQ


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Statutory Address:
Douai Abbey Church, Upper Woolhampton, Reading, RG7 5TQ

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

West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SU 57704 68214


SU 56 NE 3/10



Church. 1928-33, by J Arnold Crush. Red brick with Bath stone dressings, string course carried up over windows as hoodmould, plinths and parapets of chequered flint and stone; tiled choir roof, others not visible. Free Curvilinear Gothic style. Choir, aisles, north aisle chapel and Lady chapel with polygonal apse.

Choir: two bays, that to east short. Four-light aisle windows, those to east two-lights; two-light clerestory windows, those to east of one light; clerestory to east with central three-light window flanked by cusped lancets.

Low chapel projecting from western bay to north with two two-light windows. Newel turret to north-east of choir with parapet and lancet openings. Temporary west end with three lancets and circular window above lean-to porch.

Lady chapel: three bays, three-light windows; east window of four lights.

Interior: ashlar faced and stone vaulted throughout. Choir arcades with moulded bases and capitals, and moulded arches. The church remains unfinished. J. Arnold Crush was a pupil of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Douai is a Benedictine Abbey.

Listing NGR: SU5770468214


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Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Berkshire, (1966), 312
'Murrays Architectural Guide' in Berkshire, (1949), 156
British Geological Survey, Strategic Stone Study, accessed 5 February 2020 from


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: 27 Mar 2002
Reference: IOE01/06212/24
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Richard Swynford-Lain. Source Historic England Archive
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