Monday, 17 February 2020

The Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin to the Town Centre

Hello

Thanks for popping in.

This impressive church with its chequered stonework has origins dating from the 7th Century when St Birinus founded a small chapel on the site which is now right in the centre of Reading.  If you are interested to read about the history of the church through its various restorations, how it fared in the Civil and World Wars, here's a link.


Look how beautiful it looks inside.



Just round the corner from the church, is the 16th Century building housing the Allied Arms, a pub since 1828.  It's also been a butchers and a brewery over the years and its beams, like those in the church, probably were obtained from the Abbey buildings following its dissolution by King Henry VIII.


Round the corner yet again, we end up in Broad Street, the main shopping road. Don't the buildings look great in the sun.



We'll just stop off in John Lewis where Easter is already on their minds!



Cheerio

11 comments:

  1. We're so lucky to have so many beautiful churches. Easter was in the supermarkets straight after Christmas, madness!

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  2. It's a bonus when a church is open, usually because there are enough volunteers around during the day to look after the building. I've always wanted to go into St Laurence's by the town hall and museum as it's a long time since I've been inside and there's a Knollys family connection, but it's only used at certain times, I think for youth work, and hasn't been open on my short visits to my home town. I can understand why Easter displays in the shops as Easter is early this year. Not getting out much I've not seen what's on offer. The chinaware is pretty.

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    1. Inside the church was really warm with music playing and a couple of groups chatting happily. I haven't been inside St Laurence's, I'm interested to hear there's a Knollys connection, I'll have to keep an eye on the door when I'm there next!

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    2. Always nice to take a break in a warm building. Re. St. Laurence's church I can't find the fact about the Knollys connection or if there is one at all. Still, I'm curious to look inside if I ever get the opportunity!

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    3. Not to worry I'm sure it is steeped in history and will be really interesting. 😊

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  3. The church looks beautiful both inside and out, I've seen Easter eggs and hot cross buns in the shops already:)

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    1. Goodness, it really puts me off seeing everything so early in the year. It should be all lemons at the moment! 😊

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  4. There are so many beautiful churches in the UK. We visited a few when we were there, and I'd love to return to explore more of them. Shops don't waste any time moving on to the next retail opportunity!

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    1. We're really lucky to have all this history over here. I was delighted to find such a beautiful interior within the church that I've walked by for so many years. You're right about the shops, they are desperate at the moment.

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