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HER Number MWB16449
Record Type Building
Name St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Newbury

Grid Reference SU 475 676
Map Sheet SU46NE
Parish Newbury, West Berkshire
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Early 20th century brick church with campanile, built next to a Victorian smaller church

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Full Description

The large Roman Catholic church was identified during a historic character study <1><2> as being significant to Newbury but unlisted, and is a local landmark next to the intersection of several roads. Murray's Guide <3> describes the brick church as Neo-Romanesque, with a separate campanile; a statue of Jesus also stands on the roof of the main building. Pevsner <4> calls it, 'inappropriately Early Christian or Byzantine or Italian Romanesque' in style. It was built between 1923-8 by W C Mangan, close to a small red brick church of 1864, still extant. The First Edition Ordnance Survey, 1:500 scale <5> notes that the first St Joseph R C Chapel had seats for 160; the Sacristy and Presbytery are also marked. The old church was built adjoining a Georgian villa, presumably the building used from the start for the priest's accommodation. On 21st century mapping, the old church is named as a hall, but it still forms part of the Catholic church complex. According to the Berkshire religious census, the first St Joseph's church (not a separate building) was licensed in 1830 <7>. Photographs in West Berkshire Museum show the laying of the foundation stone of the new church; and the exterior and interior in the early and late 20th century <9>.

Sources and further reading

<01>Oxford Archaeology. 2006. Newbury Historic Character Study - Assessment Report. OA Job No 2563. pdf online. [Unpublished document / SWB14654]
http://info.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=30418 (Accessed 25/09/2015)
<02>Oxford Archaeology. 2006. Newbury Historic Character Study - Database and shape files. [Digital archive / SWB14655]
<03>Betjeman, J and Piper, J (eds). 1949. Murray's Berkshire Architectural Guide. p136. [Monograph / SWB10404]
<04>Pevsner, N. 1966. The Buildings of England (Berkshire). p181. [Monograph / SWB10024]
<05>Landmark. 1880-81. Digital OS Mapping Epoch 1, 1:500 - Newbury Town Plan. Digital. 1:500. [Map / SWB146990]
<06>Tyack, G, Bradley, S and Pevsner, N. 2010. The Buildings of England (Berkshire). p394-5. [Monograph / SWB147855]
<07>Tiller, K (ed). 2010. Berkshire Religious Census 1851. p79, No 340. [Monograph / SWB148619]
<08>Page and Ditchfield (eds). 1924. Victoria County History (VCH) Berks IV 1924. Vol 4. p150. [Monograph / SWB10281]
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/berks/vol4 (Accessed 24/09/2015)
<09>Newbury Museum Accession Records (West Berkshire Museum since 1998). NEBYM:1979.72.260; 2000.20.212-3; 2015.6.616-7. [Unpublished document / SWB14452]

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MWB15880Pinewood Estate Brick and Tile Company (Monument)
MWB16698St Joseph's Roman Catholic Presbytery, Newbury (Building)

Associated Excavations and Fieldwork

EWB870Newbury Historic Character Study (NHCS) (Ref: NEWHESCO)