St Mark's parish church
Cold Ash shown within Berkshire
|Population||3,623 (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Cold Ash|
|Unitary authority||West Berkshire|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|Website||Cold Ash Parish Council|
The Church of England parish church of Saint Mark was designed by the architect C.N. Beazley and built in 1864–65. It is a brick Gothic Revival building with a polygonal apsidal chancel. The chancel windows have tracery in a late 13th-century Decorated Gothic style. The chancel windows have stained glass: the east window by Clayton and Bell and the north and south windows by C.E. Kempe.
Downe House School, a girls' boarding school, moved to Cold Ash in 1922 when it outgrew its original premises, Downe House, Charles Darwin's former home near Bromley in Kent. St Peter's, a red brick house built in about 1700, is now part of the school.
The Cloisters was built as a Roman Catholic Convent for the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. The Catholic architect W.C. Mangan of Preston, Lancashire designed the chapel, which was built in 1934–36 and has a tower. It is now part of Downe House School.
Cold Ash has two public houses, the Castle Inn and the Spotted Dog. Cold Ash has a Women's Institute. St. Mark's Church of England Primary School has about 150-200 pupils in the 4–12 age range.
- Pevsner 1966, p. 117
- "Downe House School St Peters St Peters Downe House School". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 16 August 1983. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
- The Castle Inn
- The Spotted Dog
- "Cold Ash WI". Cold Ash Parish. Cold Ash Parish Council. Retrieved 22 July 2013l.
- Cold Ash St Mark's Primary School
- "The Acland Memorial Hall". Cold Ash Parish. Cold Ash Parish Council. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
Sources and further reading
- Ditchfield, P.H.; Page, W.H., eds. (1923). A History of the County of Berkshire, Volume 3. Victoria County History. pp. 311–329.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus (1966). Berkshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 117.
Media related to Cold Ash at Wikimedia Commons
- Piper, Reg (2001). "Cold Ash – A Brief History of the Development of the Village". Cold Ash Parish. Cold Ash Parish Council.