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Church of Our Lady and St Alphonsus, Hanley Castle

Description: Church of Our Lady and St Alphonsus

Grade: II
Date Listed: 25 March 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 153288

OS Grid Reference: SO8123143643
OS Grid Coordinates: 381231, 243643
Latitude/Longitude: 52.0908, -2.2753

Location: Hanley Swan, Worcester WR8 0DA

Locality: Hanley Castle
Local Authority: Malvern Hills District Council
County: Worcestershire
Country: England
Postcode: WR8 0DA

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Listing Text

SO 84 SW
3/147 Church of Our Lady
and St Alphonsus

Roman Catholic church. 1846 by Charles Hansom. Rubble with limestone
dressings and steep slate roof. Comprises a nave with north chapel, a
lower chancel and a south porch. The nave is of three bays to the east
of the porch and has chamfered lancet windows separated by buttresses.
A string course with nailhead ornament rises over each window. The porch is
gabled and has inner and outer pointed doorways which are deeply moulded with
angle shafts and moulded capitals. The west wall has three lancet windows,
the central one with angle shafts and dogtooth decoration. Above the east
wall of the nave is a gabled bellcote with double pointed openings. The
chancel is of two bays. to the south and has 2-light windows under pointed
heads with Geometrical tracery. The east window is of three lights with
Geometrical tracery. The north window of the chancel is of two lights.
Interior: the porch has arcaded side walls and a ribbed stone keel vault.
The nave arcades are of four bays and have pointed arches chamfered in two
orders springing from piers of four clustered shafts. The nave has a plaster
quadripartite vault with ribs springing from angel corbels. The chancel arch
is moulded and pointed and has clustered shafts as responds. The chancel is
ceiled and has stencilled decoration. The window reveals are stencilled and
have angle shafts with foliated caps. At the east end is a reredos of five
cusped ogee arches with carved angels in the spandrels. There are triple
sedilia and a piscina. The eastern bays of the nave on the north and south
side are enclosed by painted timber screens to form chapels. The northern
one includes a tomb recess. The chancel screen is similar and has a rood.
The internal fittings, of considerable lavishness, are thought to have been
designed by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin. These include pews, font, pulpit, lectern and chancel fittings. (BoE, p 188).

Listing NGR: SO8123143643

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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