Katesgrove – this day – 7 August 1862

Christ Church, Reading from Glebe road

The ‘Reading Book of Days from the History of Reading Society reminded us that Christ Church was consecrated by the Right Revd Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford on 7 August 1862.

At that time the church was incomplete because of lack of funds; without a tower and spire until 1874 and the internal paving had been made of the cheapest materials.

Sir William Milman, the third baronet, gave the land for the building and Grove Road was renamed Milman Road to commemorate him.

The foundation stone of the new church had been laid on 6 July 1861 and was a big local occasion. Sir William Milman did not attend the ceremony, but his uncle Henry Hart Milman, dean of St Paul’s, was able to be there.

The church is a Grade II* listed building (1113441) built 1861-2 by the architect Henry Woodyer and then enlarged in 1874. The tower and steeple were completed in 1875.

The church was originally planned as a “chapel of ease” for St Giles’, to cope with an expanding parish. Woodyer’s school in Basingstoke Road (qv St Paul’s School) was used until Christ Church was ready.


  1. Reading Book of Days with contributions by many authors
  2. A walk around Christchurch Conservation Area – second stop