Arborfield

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Not to be confused with Arborfield, Saskatchewan or Arborfield Cross.
Arborfield
St Bartholomews, Arborfield - geograph.org.uk - 17640.jpg
St Bartholomew's parish church
Arborfield is located in Berkshire
Arborfield
Arborfield
 Arborfield shown within Berkshire
OS grid reference SU7567
Civil parish Arborfield and Newland
Unitary authority Wokingham
Ceremonial county Berkshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Reading
Postcode district RG2
Dialling code 0118
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Wokingham
Website Arborfield Village
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Coordinates: 51°24′04″N 0°54′58″W / 51.401°N 0.916°W / 51.401; -0.916

Arborfield is a village in Berkshire about 4.5 miles (7 km) south-east of Reading, about 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Wokingham. It is about 0.6 miles (1 km) west of the sister village of Arborfield Cross and the two villages have become collectively known as Arborfield, with no signs marking their boundary.

The village is on the A327 road linking Reading with Farnborough.

Arborfield is in the civil parish of Arborfield and Newland, which is in the district of Wokingham unitary authority.

Churches[edit]

The present Church of England parish church of Saint Bartholomew is a Gothic Revival building designed by J Picton and built in 1863.[1]

The new building replaces an older St Bartholomew's church that had been built in the 13th century and altered probably early in the 18th century.[2] When the new church was consecrated the roof of the old one was removed and later layers of plaster stripped from the interior walls, revealing Medieval wall paintings of "figure subjects and geometrical and masonry patterns" that "covered the walls".[3] These have now been lost and the church ruins have greatly deteriorated.[1]

The army garrison (below) has its own garrison church, a 20th-century building dedicated to Saint Eligius.

Army garrison[edit]

Arborfield is also known for the British Army base of Arborfield Garrison about 1 mile (1.6 km) the other side of Arborfield Cross and which is mostly in the civil parish of Barkham.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pevsner 1966, p. 66.
  2. ^ "Remains of old church at NGR SU 7495 6802". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Ditchfield & Page 1923, pp. 200–203.

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