Church of St Paul


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Church of St Paul, Reading Road, Wokingham


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Statutory Address:
Church of St Paul, Reading Road, Wokingham

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

Wokingham (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SU 80524 68983


SU 8068 NE 17/39

WOKINGHAM READING ROAD (south west side) Church of St. Paul


G.V. II*

Parish church. 1862-4 by Henry Woodyer in the Decorated style; aisles added 1874. Courses of squared Pennant sandstone rubble with Bath stone dressings. Tiled roofs, separately over nave and chancel; lead roofs over aisles and vestry. Nave with clerestoreys, north and south aisles, chancel, vestry; north chapel and organ chamber, south chapel, a north west porch and tower with spire. Plinth, moulded strings and eaves course; decorated parapets of circular motifs to tower, and blind arcading to aisles. Coped gables.

Windows: three-lights, four on the north and six on the south aisles; all with two stage buttresses between. Three-light with reticulated tracery on the east end of nave and a four-light on the west end with intersecting tracery. Six five-light clerestorey windows on each side.

Tower: four stages, moulded strings to each, angled buttresses of four stages; pinnacles with crockets; broached spire with weathervane on top. C13 style plate traceried windows.

Interior: five bay nave. Moulded arched and scissor braced roof, with tracery between spandrels; intermediate smaller arch braced collars between; butt purlins. North and south arcades with quatrefoil columns and thin shafts in the diagonals; leaf capitals. The clerestoreys have a series of rere-arches on detached shafts. The chancel is three bays; with moulded arch braced collars, moulded and decorated butt purlins, and double arched windbraces. On the south wall of the chancel are four low quatrefoil clerestorey windows, below these on the right is a two bay arcade separating the south chapel: a door to the vestry on the left of this with a pointed arch decorated with gilded foliage. An elaborately carved stone reredos, depicting the last supper and the crucifixion. The chancel has a fine fresco and a carved oak screen below. The font has 8 lobes, the bowl is in the art nouveau style, decorated with water-lilies and inter-twined stalk; and has an elaborate carved wooden cover. Stained glass by Hardman. The church was given to the town by John Walter of Bear Wood.

Listing NGR: SU8052468983


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Books and journals
Ditchfield, P H, Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of Berkshire, (1923), 226
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Berkshire, (1966), 308
British Geological Survey, Strategic Stone Study, accessed 04/02/2020 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: 20 Aug 2000
Reference: IOE01/00144/08
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