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“Attractive church, but not open when I visited”

Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin
Reviewed 20 May 2013

As the title says, really: this is a gorgeous-looking church - one of the nicest I've seen in a long time, and I have something of a passion for old churches - but it was firmly locked except when there was a service on, so I couldn't go inside. I'd love to see what it's like as other reviewers make it sound so nice - oh well, maybe next time!

1  Thank Cat P
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

This is a beautiful old church with Gothic-style architecture. It is a working church, with interesting history. Inside services can be attended, there is a gift-shop providing all manner of church-related gifts to be purchased.

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Reviewed 15 April 2012

One of the best of the churches for miles around. Wonderful history, beautiful peaceful interior. Very enjoyable services, too.

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Reviewed 20 January 2008

I used to walk past this little church every day on the way to work and I love the checkerboard tower. Its actually very old and has quite an interesting history. The oldest part is the door which dates from Saxon times and the main part of the church is 11th century. The checkerboard tower is newer and was made in the 16th century from stone taken from the destroyed Reading abbey. The church is in St Mary's Butts (apparently named after a place where archery was practiced) and the tourist information is located just behind the church.

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