St Mary the Virgin in Reading

The site of the Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin in Reading dates back to the 7th century and silver coins from the 9th century have been found in the churchyard, although much of the building dates from the tenth century and onwards.

St Mary the Virgin in Reading

In 979, Queen Elfthryth founded a Royal Nunnery on the site, but all that remains of this structure is a Saxon door.

St Mary the Virgin in Reading

The main body of the church dates from the 11th century, although there was an extensive restoration during the period 1551 to 1555.

St Mary the Virgin in Reading

The bells currently in the church date back to the 17th and 18th centuries.

St Mary the Virgin in Reading

I like the checked flint facade on the church.

St Mary the Virgin in Reading

St Mary the Virgin in Reading