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Abbeys and Religious Buildings in Berkshire

We are attempting to list all places where photographers can photograph Abbeys and Religious buildings within the UK, by county. This is the start of a list that will both grow over time and hopefully we will be able to add more columns or information. This same information is also available in alphabetical order.

Where the names in the first column is hyperlinked this links to a Location page with more information on this site and over time more of these will be added, we will be delighted if some of you would like to also produce location pages.

Codes Used on this page:-

Wiki=Wikipedia  EH = English Heritage  NT=National Trust  PEH = Pastscape  F.=Founded  Dis. Dissolved

Condition: [A] First rate example; [B] Major Remains; [C] Identifiable Remains; [D] Modest Remains;
[E] Little Surviving


Alt. Name * [Formal Name / dedication]

Location Grid
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Communities & history [condition]

Ascot Priory, * Winkfield


5125′01″N 042′21″W / 51.416954, -0.705700

Ascot Priory * National Register of Archives

Anglican nuns * fd. 1861-present

Bisham Abbey

Bustlesham Priory * [The Abbey Church of the Holy Trinity, Bisham]

5133′25″N 046′45″W / 51.557016, -0.779225 * SU8585

Wiki * British History Online * Royal Berkshire History

Knights Templar preceptory * fd. 1260; dis. 1307 * Augustinian Canons Regular priory * fd. 1337; dis. 1536 * Benedictine monks abbey * fd. 1537; dis. 1538 * Extant preceptory & demolished priory/abbey site now headquarters of the National Sports Council [D]

Bradfield Abbey [Location Unknown]




Documented 1066, included monks, status and site otherwise unknown

Brimpton Preceptory




Knights Hospitaller

Bromhall Priory [No remains], * Sunningdale

Broomhall Priory * [The Priory Church of Saint Margaret, Bromhall]


British History Online * CRSBI * Berkshire History

Benedictine nuns, daughter house of Chertsey * fd. ante1200 by Edward, the Black Prince; * dis. 1535 * remains destroyed or incorporated into farm buildings

Bustlesham Priory




Knights Templar * fd. by Hugh de Spencer, jr * Augustinian Canons Regular * dis.; granted to Sir Edward Hoby c.1554

Charney Grange





Cholsey Grange




fd. 986 by King Ethelred * dis.; granted to Sir Francis Englefield

Cookham Abbey




8th century, probably double monastery * site now occupied by parish church

Coxwell Grange





Donnington Friary

Donington Friary

5124′53″N 119′52″W / 51.414588, -1.331057

British History Online * Royal Berkshire History

Crouched Friars * fd. ante1404; * dis. 1538 * site now occupied by country house of named The Priory

Douai Abbey [monastic], * Woolhampton

[The Abbey Church of Saint Edmund,  * King and Martyr, Upper Woolhampton]

5124′31″N 110′17″W / 51.408715, -1.171454

Wiki * Douai Abbey * PEH

Benedictine monks (rmv from Douai), 1903-present

East Hendred Grange





Faringdon Priory

Farendon Priory


British History Online

Cistercian monks' grange * settled 1203 * became a cell of Beaulieu Abbey, Hampshire early 13thC; * dis.; granted to Sir Francis Englefield

Greenham Preceptory [Location Unknown]



British History Online

Knights Hospitaller * fd. 1199; * dis. 1540

Hurley Priory [Church Use]

[The Priory Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Hurley]

5133′03″N 048′31″W / 51.550922, -0.808549 * SU8283

British History Online

Benedictine monks * fd. 1065 by Godfrey de Magna Villa; * dis. 1536; granted to Leonard Chamberleyn c.1544 * part of church now in parochial use [C]

Kintbury 'Holy Place'




Probable monastery, documented 931, site and status unknown

Poughley Priory [Reused]

[The Priory Church of Saint Margaret, Poughley]


British History Online

Augustinian Canons Regular * fd. c.1160 by Ralph de Chaddleworth; * dis. 1524 * remains now incorporated into farmhouse [E]

Reading - Greyfriars



British History Online

Franciscan Friars * fd. 1233; * dis. 1538 [D]

Reading Abbey

[The Abbey Church of Our Lady and Saint John the Evangelist, Reading]

5127′23″N 057′55″W / 51.456367, -0.965263 * SU7272

Wiki * British History Online * Royal Berkshire History * CRSBI

Cluniac monks * fd. 1121 * Benedictine monks c. 1210; * dis. 1539; granted to Edward, Duke of Somerset c.1550 * quarried and dismantled c.1550-1643 * ruins extant [B]

Reading Nunnery




979-1016 * apparently on the site now occupied by St. Mary's Minster Church [E]

Sandleford Priory [Reused]

[The Priory Church of *  Saint John the Baptist, Sandleford]


British History Online

Augustinian Canons Regular * fd. c.1200 by Jeffrey, Earl of Perch and his wife Maud; * dis. 1478 * remains converted to a country house * now an Anglican Convent School

Steventon Priory

Stenington Priory


British History Online * Britain Express * JSTOR * NT

Benedictine monks, Alien priory, daughter house of Bec, Normandy * fd. 12th century; * dis. 1400 * officially a priory but actually a grange * no monastic church * prior's house now in private ownership with public access by appointment [C]

Stratfield Saye Priory



British History Online

Benedictine monks, Alien priory * fd. 1170 by Nicholas de Stoteville; * dis. 1399 * site now occupied by 'The Priory' at Beech Hill in the Berkshire part of Stratfield Saye

Templeton Camera




Knights Templar

Wallingford Cell

Waring Cell



Benedictine monks * fd. 11thC by Gilfrid, Abbot of St Albans; * dis.; granted to John Norres c.1546

Westcot Camera






See Also:

Abbey and Religious Buildings Section for all articles, lists and location guides on Abbey's, Cathedrals, Churches, Holy Wells etc.


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