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Latitude: 51.451 / 51°27'3"N
Longitude: -0.9704 / 0°58'13"W
OS Eastings: 471641
OS Northings: 172946
OS Grid: SU716729
Mapcode National: GBR QMH.39
Mapcode Global: VHDWT.4SBK
Entry Name: Church of St Giles and Churchyard Tombs
Listing Date: 22 March 1957
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1113579
English Heritage Legacy ID: 39169
Location: Reading, RG1
Electoral Ward/Division: Katesgrove
Built-Up Area: Reading
Traditional County: Berkshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire
Church of England Parish: Reading St Giles
Church of England Diocese: Oxford
1. SOUTHAMPTON STREET
5128 (East Side)
Church of St Giles
and Churchyard Tombs
SU 7172 NE 4/244-244A 22.3.57.
Church of England. The small mediaeval church was rebuilt 1872 by J P St Aubyn
in Early English style retaining only the C13 aisle walls and Perpendicular
west tower. Ashlar steeple 1873. Flint faced with stine dressings. Tiled
roof. 3 bay aisled nave and slight transept. Y tracery lancet windows except
i. plate tracery twin 2-light lancets in belfry.
ii. 3 light Perpendicular west window.
iii. Good decorated-type trancept windows.
iv. Geometric east window.
Tower joins at skew and has corner and side buttresses. Pointed west door.
Traces of mediaeval walling on south and west sides. 3 bay chancel with flanking
chapels. Interior: rich Early English-style chancel. Norman fragments in
tower (a capital possibly from the Abbey). Early C16 brass to John and Jane
Bowyer. A number of good C18 memorial tablets and a good sculpted memorial
to Harwood Awberry (date 1748) by Peter Scheemakers.
The graveyard retains much of its C19 astmosphere and contains a number of good
To south-west - 3 chest tombs, the nearest to the church corner is best: early
C19 to Thomas Patrick Sourdon, tapering sides, cross gabled capping with corner
antefixae. The 2 others are circa 1840 with fluted corners.
To north-west and east - another good group of both table and pyramidal-capped
tombs. The dest is to William Granger circa 1840 - simialar to the Sourdon
tomb (see above) with incised corner piers. Also notable (1) William Green
and Woodard family vault - a late C18 chest tomb. Circa 1811, Portland stone,
moulded plinth, oval panels to front and back. A number of tombs at the east
end face true east (ie aligned slightly differently from the chancel).
Listing NGR: SU7164172946
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