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All Saints, Wokingham, Berkshire

(51°24′44″N, 0°49′46″W)
SU 815 688
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Berkshire
now Wokingham
medieval Salisbury
now Oxford
  • Ron Baxter
13 July 1997, 08 November 2013

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Feature Sets

Wokingham is a market town 7 miles SE of Reading. The NE part of the town was an exclave of Wiltshire until 1844, when it was attached to Berkshire. All Saints' church is on the E edge of the town centre and stands in its own substantial churchyard. It is a large church, comprehensively restored by Woodyer, 1864-66, with a W tower of brown conglomerate (now whitewashed), five-bay nave with N and S aisles and chancel with chapel to S and vestry to N. The 5-bay nave arcades are carried on cylindrical columns and are certainly medieval, probably 15thc. No Romanesque sculpture was found, but Woodyer's S doorway may be a copy of a 12thc. original.


Wokingham was not separately assessed in the Domesday Survey, as it was then part of the manor of Sonning (held by the Bishop of Salisbury in 1086), in which it was first recorded in 1146. It was promoted by the Bishop of Salisbury as a market town from the early 13thc., receiving its first market charter in 1219.

In 1146 a chapel at Wokingham was subject to the mother church of Sonning, and the advowson was held by the bishops of Salisbury.


Exterior Features



The S doorway is entirely 19thc., with no reused stones, but is included here since it is alleged to be based on early 19thc drawing that Woodyer saw (Tyack (2010), 720). Pevsner (1966), 307


N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. Harmondsworth 1966, 307.

D. Phillips, Berkshire: A County History, Newbury 1993, 56, 60-61.

Victoria County History: Berkshire III (1923), 225-36.

G. Tyack, S. Bradley and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Berkshire. New Haven and London 2010, 720-21.