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One old church

The stones to build the church were taken from Reading Abby in 1540. As you walk in look at the... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2018
Melbourne, Australia
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The ringing practice is excellent.

I visited to ring, and the practice was excellent, with a good range of abilities. Well organized... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2018
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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St Mary's Butts, Reading RG1 2HX, England
+44 118 957 1057
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Reviewed 30 July 2018

Reading is getting bigger and busier very quickly. Regardless of peoples views on religion, this is a very pleasant place to take a few minutes out of busy lives. The church is built on matterials from Reading Abbey, whicu was mostly destroyed in King Heny...More

Thank _2ndnozzle
Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

Lovely saxon church with a truly wonderful tower with small square stonework. Church was open so went inside to look around and sit to reflect for a moment.

Thank rayrest
Reviewed 13 July 2018

St. Mary's contains architecture from Saxon through Norman to medieval gothic and beyond. The guidebook is brief but helpful and there is plenty to seen. Importantly, this church is still a church and, in addition to church services, provides help to the homeless and vulnerable....More

Thank IanTravller M
Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

The stones to build the church were taken from Reading Abby in 1540. As you walk in look at the floor to see the grave stones of people back in 1700s. The church was open for us to walk around even though there was a...More

Thank Paul_n_Cris
Reviewed 7 May 2018

I visited to ring, and the practice was excellent, with a good range of abilities. Well organized and friendly practice.

Thank amf1954
Reviewed 21 February 2018

for Reading's Christian scene, this is good stuff ! Interesting architecture, a welcoming congregation, good coffee, at times open til late evenings.... not bad at all !

Thank Bernd L
Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

Surrounded by a graveyard and situated in the middle of the town centre. Impressive when lit up at night. Surprisingly old when you do some research about the building. Opening times seem to vary as it usually appears locked up.

Thank Jesseekarr
Reviewed 19 January 2018

This church is situated in an interesting graveyard in the middle of the shopping district. It is a stunning looking building with all the flint - especially the stand out square tower. Unfortunately it appears to be locked - I assume as there are quite...More

Thank sheepygold
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Well worth visiting especially for the mottled block work. Church is over a thousand years old and has a very interesting history.

Thank Alan B
Reviewed 3 October 2017

I couldn't imagine there could be a so old church in Reading. This church, since 979 AD, has been standing here as proof of our faith. Quite simple inside, welcoming everyone would to take a relaxing time for stay and pray.

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