St Bartholomew's Church, Lower Basildon, Berkshire

Address: Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 9NH
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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.

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Road directions

7 miles south of Wallingford, off A329, adjacent to the River Thames and the railway.

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Pangbourne (2 miles). Bus route numbers 132, 133.

OS Reference No.

SU 612 793

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.







PDF iconBerkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire County Guide (PDF, 4.7mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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  1. Anonymous (04 Jun 2011, 15:27)

    Down a lovely lane, and easily accessible. There is a large car park, as it is next Beale Park and the Thames Path. The keyholder was very easy to contact and helpful.

    Worth a visit.

  2. peter p mott (15 Mar 2012, 10:13)

    a lovely church .my mum dad got married in this church on the 26 december 1933

  3. Neil Holland (10 Jun 2012, 20:45)

    Very nice church, though it was locked and I didnt have time to find a house to get a key to have a look inside. I will be back to have a better look around soon.

  4. Alan Grove (22 Jun 2012, 16:01)

    Nothing to add but the daffodils would certainly enhance the viewing.Well located for a day around the Thames with Goring nearby.

  5. Kate McMahon (17 Oct 2012, 15:50)

    A gem, inbued with centuries of serenity, calm and devotion

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Community information for St Bartholomew's Church, Lower Basildon

 

All our Berkshire churches are in CCT’s West region.

About Friends of St Bartholomews

Telephone: 020 7240 0444

Useful local links

Visit the River Thames - from the Cotswolds to London

Berkshire Local History Association 

Berkshire Family History Society 

Royal County of Berkshire Historic Churches Trust 

List of Berkshire churches 

Berkshire is in the Diocese of Oxford 

Berkshire history website 

Berkshire Record Office

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St Bartholomew's Church, Lower Basildon, Berkshire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.