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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1025294



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
RochdaleMetropolitan Authority

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 03-Dec-1975

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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UID: 358946

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SD 8913 NE ROCHDALE TOAD LANE (east side) 10/116 Church of Saint 3.12. 1975 Mary, Wardleworth.

G.V. II*

Church. Outer north aisle 1740, otherwise 1909-ll by J.N. Comper. Brick with stone dressings and tile roof. Continuous nave and chancel. North aisle has western entrance and takes the plan of the former church nave. Second (outer) north aisle has chapels to east and west, a vestry at its extreme east and a north porch. The outer aisle and porch are of the former building but the arcade was replaced in 1911. Comper chose the double north aisle arrangement to ensure good light to the new east window. The north (entrance) elevation has a flat roofed 7-bay aisle of 1740 with cyma-moulded weathered buttresses in every second bay. The pedimented porch has pilasters, a semi- circular head and keystone. The cornice and balustrade are by Comper. Vestry to the left has five and three-light mullioned windows and steeply pitched roof with coped gable and kneelers. Clerestory has "Y" tracery to flattened pointed arches. West elevation: Comper designed the low outer aisle balustrade to contrast with the high gables of the nave and aisle. The ornate classical timber and lead bell-cote was re-used from the original building. South elevation: seven bays long with glableted, weathered buttresses, one heavier buttress dividing nave from chancel. Windows are large 3-light in a Perpendicular style. The steeply pitched roof has coped gables, kneelers and cross finials. Interior: the nave and main aisle are completely faced in Alderley stone with oak panelling to sill level. The nave is of considerable height, as is the arcade which separates it from the main aisle. The arcade has alternately round and concave-sided octagonal piers. There are squints in the north of the sacrarium and the once elaborately painted roof uses king-post trusses. The main aisle has a barrel vault and is separated from the outer aisle by a Tuscan colonade, the semi-circular arches having lozenge decorative carving to their soffits. The east chapel has a delicate piscina and the stained glass roundel windows are from the 1740 church, the west chapel using the former east window. The interior is a remarkably complete example of Comper's work. He designed the stained glass to the east, the west and the main aisle east window, the north screens, the pews, the organ casing, the rood, and rood screen which is heavily enriched with tracery and apostolic figures. Even those items which he re-used from the former church he incorporated beautifully in his design (ie oak panelling, front and pulpit). B.o.E.

Listing NGR: SD8960713606

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: South Lancashire, (1969)

National Grid Reference: SD 89607 13606


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