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Get on the trail … Thames Valley churches taking part in Heritage Open Days

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Here are just some of the churches taking part in the Heritage Open Days this September. 

St Mary’s Eversley

Church Lane, Eversley
Grade I listed church where Charles Kingsley, author of The Water Babies was rector for 33 years. Cream teas and tour. Sunday, 2pm-4.30pm.

St Bartholomew’s

Lower Basildon
A 700 year old church near the Thames. Historical talk at 2.30pm on Sunday. Thurs-Sun, 10am-5pm.


Friar Street, Reading
Built by Franciscans in 1311, the main elements of Greyfriars are the most complete example of Franciscan architecture in Britain. Fri noon-4pm, Sat 10.30am-3.30pm, Sun 2pm-4pm

St Giles

Southampton St, Reading
St Giles is one of three medieval parish churches in Reading. The interior of the Church is in Gothic style, redesigned in 1872. Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday noon-2pm

Christ Church

Christchurch Road, Reading
One of architect Henry Woodyer’s finest churches. Sat 10am-6pm

Reading Minster of St Mary the Virgin

St Mary’s Butts, Reading
The church dates from 979. Most of the church was refaced in 1551, the north aisle is from the 19th century. Thurs & Fri, 11am-3pm, Sat 10am-4pm

St Mary’s Chapel

Castle Street, Reading
Unusual late 18th Century chapel open for guided tours. Exhibition for the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Thurs, 10am-2pm. Fri 10am-4pm. Sat 9.30am-4pm

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Watlington Street, Reading
Previously the Church of St John the Evangelist, this is a Grade II listed building. Sat & Sun, 1pm-5pm

St Bartholomew’s

London Road, Reading

Built in 1879 on a site presented by George Palmer. Sat, 10am-4pm

Newbold College

Popeswood Road, Binfield

Tour the gardens and its historic architecture. Sun, 2pm-5pm

St Michael & St Mary Magdalene

Crowthorne Road, Easthampstead
The site has been associated with worship since at least 1159. Thurs-Sun 10am-4pm. Festal Evensong Sun 6pm

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