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Church of St George (Roman Catholic)

A Grade II* Listed Building in Worcester, Worcestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.1947 / 52°11'40"N

Longitude: -2.2195 / 2°13'10"W

OS Eastings: 385091

OS Northings: 255183

OS Grid: SO850551

Mapcode National: GBR 1G4.9PW

Mapcode Global: VH92T.G3ZD

Entry Name: Church of St George (Roman Catholic)

Listing Date: 22 May 1954

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1390134

English Heritage Legacy ID: 489104

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1

County: Worcestershire

District: Worcester

Town: Worcester

Locality: Cathedral

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Church of England Parish: Worcester St Nicholas and All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Worcester

Listing Text


WORCESTER

SO8555SW SANSOME PLACE
620-1/13/249 (East side)
22/05/54 Church of St George (Roman
Catholic)

GV II*

Church. 1829 with later alterations including those to chancel of
1880 and west facade of 1887. Architect Henry Rowe with
alterations probably by S J Nicholl. Ashlar facade to west,
otherwise pinkish-red brick with red brick window arches and
slate roof.
STYLE: west facade is in Italianate Baroque style. PLAN: nave and
chancel.
EXTERIOR: single tall storey, 3 bays. Central bay breaks
forwards. Plinth. To centre bay the lower stage is rusticated,
drawn into voussoirs over central entrance, 2 roll-edged steps to
8-panel double doors, fanlight with decorative ironwork grille,
in stepped reveals. Mid-stage band surmounted by 'plinth' with
bulbous balusters as apron to central window; 'plinth' surmounted
to ends of outer bays by composite pilasters and to centre bay by
paired, three-quarter engaged composite columns. Crowning
entablature and central dentil pediment inscribed 'IHS'. Three
round-arched windows with honeycombed glazing to centre and
stained glass, in tooled architraves and with pediments on
corbels, that to centre with keystone. North and south sides have
5 windows under flat arches of gauged brick and with coloured
glass.
INTERIOR: gallery to west, north and south sides; curved
staircases to either side at west end with sticks and carved
tread ends to gallery on two Ionic columns. Stepped benches to
gallery. Cornice has egg-and-dart and acanthus moulding; moulding
to centre of ceiling nd 3 ceiling roses with acanthus motifs.
Screen to east end has two fluted columns to centre with
honeysuckle frieze and wide opening between 2 smaller openings;
coloured marble reredos.
HISTORICAL NOTE: This is a robust example characteristic of those
which manifested the confidence of the Catholic community after
the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829, which caused constraints
on public worship. Sir Edward Elgar was organist here during
1885-8.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Worcestershire:
Harmondsworth: 1968-1985: 319).

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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