St Bartholomew's parish church
Arborfield shown within Berkshire
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|Civil parish||Arborfield and Newland|
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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, and about 0.6 miles (1 km) west of the sister village of Arborfield Cross Arborfield and Arborfield Cross have become collectively known as Arborfield, and there are no signs marking the boundary between the two.
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. 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". These have now been lost and the church ruins have greatly deteriorated.
The army garrison (below) has its own garrison church, a 20th-century building dedicated to Saint Eligius.
Arborfield may be best known for the adjoining British Army base of Arborfield Garrison, the headquarters and training base of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers of the British Army, although the garrison actually is about 1 mile (1.6 km) the other side of Arborfield Cross and is mostly in the civil parish of Barkham. In the garrison is the Army Cadet Force detachment 11 Platoon Arborfield.
- Ditchfield, P.H.; Page, W.H., eds. (1923). A History of the County of Berkshire, Volume 3. Victoria County History. pp. 200–203.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus (1960). Buckinghamshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 66. ISBN 0-14-071019-1.
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