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Windsor – St Mark

Dedworth Road, Dedworth, Berkshire

The church is a conventional building for its time and was designed to provide good-sized accommodation quickly and relatively cheaply. The exterior is plainly handled and the main efforts are concentrated on the interior. This is brightly lit from the west window. The decorative focus is the panelling on the east wall and the canopy over the altar.

The building is oriented south so all directions given are liturgical.

The church lies under a wide, pitched, (?artificial slate) roof resting on side walls of light brown brick. The body of the church is divided into five bays by concrete piers. At the west end there is a central entrance between two brick walls leading into an assembly area which also contains a confessional, toilet and ancillary facilities. This western area is under a flat roof. Above this the gable is largely filled with a plain-glazed window subdivided into a grid-like pattern. A wide band of brick rises to the apex of the gable.

The interior is clean, simple and functional. There is little expression of the structural framing of the building – just small, raked members emerging from the walls and disappearing into the ceiling. The walls are plastered and painted a light cream. The ceiling is formed of acoustic panels. On the east wall there is plain vertical panelling rising to ceiling level. From this projects a deep timber canopy suspended from the roof and following its pitch. On the underside is a grid of square, recessed panels.

Heritage Details

Architect: Alexander E. Matthew and Frances E. Allen

Original Date: 1968

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: Not Listed