St. Giles-in-Reading Church, Reading

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St Giles' Church is a Church of England parish church in the town of Reading in the English county of Berkshire.
St Giles' was one of the three original parish churches, along with St Mary's and St Laurence's, serving the medieval borough of Reading. The church is on Southampton Street, just outside the town centre and in the portion of the original borough to the south of the River Kennet.
The original church was built in the 12th century to serve the population to the south of the River Kennet, who found it difficult to reach St Mary's during winter floods of the river. Besides the southern section of the medieval borough, its parish also included the hamlet of Whitley, which then lay outside the borough boundary. In 1191 Pope Clement III gave the church to Reading Abbey and throughout the Middle Ages it enjoyed the right of sanctuary. In 1539, John Eynon, the then priest of St Giles', was found guilty of high treason and along with Hugh Cook Faringdon, the abbot of Reading Abbey, was hanged in front of the abbey gateway.
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  • Of the three main churches in reading, I think this is the nicest and I don’t think it is given enough appreciation due to the heavy traffic around it. The church itself is very spacious and seems to....  more »
  • A lovely church shame that its so close to a very busey road enjoyed this place as with the other two medieval churches  more »
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  • Great church and free parking outside for up to 2 hours. They do have parking on site but I've never met the owner of the church to ask him if he minds parking inside whilst I pop around the town centre to do some shopping. Hopefully one day I will bump into him as I'm sure he will be obliging since being a man of God and me being a Christian means I am part of this Church so have every right to use it for its purposes.
  • An excellent all-inclusive Christian experience. The Anglo Catholic depth of solemn religious worship and feeling is very powerful and moving 🙏

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