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© Mr Richard Swynford-Lain

IoE Number: 38821
Location: CHURCH OF SAINT MARY, CASTLE STREET (north side)
  READING, READING, BERKSHIRE
Photographer: Mr Richard Swynford-Lain
Date Photographed: 27 August 2001
Date listed: 22 March 1957
Date of last amendment: 14 December 1978
Grade II*

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CASTLE STREET5128(North Side)Church of St Mary(Formerly listed as

CASTLE STREET 1. 5128 (North Side) Church of St Mary (Formerly listed as Chapel of St Mary) SU 7173 SW 2/72 22.3.57. II* GV 2. Opened 1798. (Episcopalian). Architect R Billing. Originally a simple Georgian building but in 1840 the present hexastyle portico in Greek Corinthian style (fluted columns) was added to the designs of "Mr Briant" (Henry and Nathaniel Briant were prominent local architect/builders, responsible for the King Street Bank and the Royal Berkshire Hospital). Stucco with large stone pedimented portico (whose capitals probably are of Coade stone). 3 stepped doorways with architrave surrounds. The bell turret (designed by Briant and inspired from the Tower of the Winds) is now only a solid plinth with rebated corners and moulded cornice. 5 bay rave with round headed windows. This building which stands on the site of the former Reading gaol is of considerable importance to the street, One of Reading's best church interiors: late C18 galleried in 5 bays with marbled Doric ground floor and Ionic gallery columns. Modillion cornice to coved central ceiling. Raised and fielded panelling to box piers. Small projecting chancel with bay for mid C19 organ to left. 2 mid C19 cast-iron chandeliers.

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