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Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin

St Mary's Butts, Reading RG1 2HX, England
+44 118 957 1057
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Beautiful old church

Lovely saxon church with a truly wonderful tower with small square stonework. Church was open so... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
rayrest
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a historic and peaceful church

St. Mary's contains architecture from Saxon through Norman to medieval gothic and beyond. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
IanTravller M
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Reading, United Kingdom
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St Mary's Butts, Reading RG1 2HX, England
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"interesting history"
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"thousand years"
in 2 reviews
"middle of town"
in 2 reviews
"reading town centre"
in 2 reviews
"reading abbey"
in 2 reviews
"stone"
in 3 reviews
"pray"
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"flint"
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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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
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Thank DMG32
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

upon entering through the double church doors is just how silent it is and the coolness of the parish....the vastness and hight of the roof will leave you gasping....the vaulted arches will make you wonder how they got the beams up so high...the floor covered...More

Thank Kloffusjohn
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