GREYFRIARS CHURCH

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
I
List Entry Number:
1321952
Date first listed:
22-Mar-1957
Statutory Address:
GREYFRIARS CHURCH, FRIAR STREET

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Location

Statutory Address:
GREYFRIARS CHURCH, FRIAR STREET

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

District:
Reading (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SU 71210 73589

Details

FRIAR STREET 1. 5128 (North Side) Greyfriars Church SU 7173 12/122 22.3.57. I 2. Church of England. Said to be the most complete surviving example of Fransiscan- architecture in England, and in use again as a church. The first site (1255-59) being unsatisfactory, the present church was built 1285 plus, and ready by 1311. It served as Town Bridewell during the C18 and was only restored circa 1863 by the Borough Surveyor (W H Woodmn). Built of squared knapped flints with stone plinth, dressings and buttresses. Tiled roof swept down over aisles with small vents. 3 bay nave, large transept (added to church by Woodman, probably incorrectly), chancel removed after the Reformation and east chancel arch blocked. Gable over now carries Woodman's triple arched belfry. The nave has segmental headed 3 light windows of plain decorated style and an extremely fine west window of 5 lights, decorated style with reticulated tracery. The transept has 2 bays each side of main vessel, each with plain 'Y' tracery, the north and south windows 4-light in Decorated style. North and south doors in nave with moulded pointed arches. Interior spacious; crown post and wind-brace roof supported on original cruciform and quadriblobe shafts. Gabled and arcaded retable. Font and pulpit date from restoration. Entrance now in annexe to west.

Listing NGR: SU7121673588

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
38955
Legacy System:
LBS

Legal

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

End of official listing

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Date: 04 Sep 2001
Reference: IOE01/04979/03
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Richard Swynford-Lain. Source Historic England Archive
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