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St. James & St. William of York Church

Abbots Walk | St James Presbytery, Reading RG1 3HW, England
(0118) 957 4171
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Ranked #24 of 32 Attractions in Reading
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Reading, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Yes, it is one of Pugin's earliest works, being consecrated in 1840. Do go inside to see this beautifully kept church which I think has a lovely peaceful atmosphere. The architecture is attractive and interesting, with a couple of items made out of very old pieces of stone recovered from the ruins of Reading Abbey. Pick up a visitor's guide... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

... and the only one in Norman style! It's a beautiful church, recently refurbish and the home of a large, vibrant international faith community.

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Reading, England
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30 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2008

I went back to have another look at this church on the edge of Forbury Gardens when I found out it had been designed by the famous Victorian architect, A.W. Pugin. Sadly its not up to the standard of his other work like Westminster Palace, a.k.a. the Houses of Parliament. Its a rather squat, funny looking church but is partly... More 

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