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© Mr Richard Swynford-Lain

IoE Number: 38955
Location: GREYFRIARS CHURCH, FRIAR STREET (north side)
  READING, READING, BERKSHIRE
Photographer: Mr Richard Swynford-Lain
Date Photographed: 04 September 2001
Date listed: 22 March 1957
Date of last amendment: 22 March 1957
Grade I

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FRIAR STREET5128(North Side)Greyfriars ChurchSU 7173 12/12222.3.57.

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.

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