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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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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 2 weeks ago
Paul_n_Cris
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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
amf1954
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Basingstoke, 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"
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"reading town centre"
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"reading abbey"
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"pray"
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"flint"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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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.

Thank amf1954
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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 !

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Went to Henley - on - Thames on a narrow boat saw Saint Mary The Virgin church it has a wonderful looking building a checker board look. Very nice church on the inside with leadlite windows and nice looking organ.

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Reviewed 24 June 2017

It's in the middle of town, and I needed a space out of the rain to be quite - Perfect! It's open in the day, and has a sense of peace about it. But you can also see that it's used, it's not a museum....More

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