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St Bartholomew Church

West Berkshire

Type:Church / Chapel

Lower Basildon, Reading, BERKSHIRE, RG8 9NH
St Bartholomew Church


A church built by the people, for the people

This striking flint-and-brick 700-year-old church stands in a pretty churchyard shaded by fine trees near a beautiful stretch of the Thames.

It is filled with memorials to past parishioners and, in early spring, a host of daffodils. Jethro Tull, the father of modern farming, has a memorial here (although the whereabouts of his grave is unknown) and there is a moving marble statue of two young brothers in swimming trunks who drowned in the Thames in 1886.

The church itself is simple and serene. The nave and south door were built in the 13th -century, while the ornate roof timbers were installed in the 15th-century, when parishioners grew rich from the local wool and corn trade.

Inside, there are several stunning memorials, including brass effigies of John Clerk and his wife Lucie, both in Medieval costume. The 19th-century memorial for Sir Francis Sykes has a statue of a woman weeping by John Flaxman, famous for his Wedgewood designs.



  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted


Map & Directions


  • Visit England Awards -Code of Practice Code of Practice 2011
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -The Churches Conservation Trust The Churches Conservation Trust 2013
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member Tourism South East Member 2017

Opening Times

2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

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