Description: Catholic Church and Presbytery Attached
Date Listed: 6 July 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 159814
OS Grid Reference: TL3632929246
OS Grid Coordinates: 536329, 229246
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9450, -0.0179
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TL 3629 BUNTINGFORD STATION ROAD
7/35 Catholic Church and
The Benson Memorial Catholic Church dedicated to St Richard of
Chichester, and presbytery attached. 1915 by Arthur Young, later
S extension to presbytery. Uncoursed knapped flint with
limestone dressings. Steep red tiled roofs. Traditional church
in Decorated style with nave, lower chancel, NE Lady Chapel, W
tower with spire, N porch, and 2-storeys presbytery linked to S
side facing E, with single-storey S extension. Crenellated tower
with copper spike and vane, 4-centred arched 2-light bell
openings with band at sill level, diagonal W buttresses, and tall
statue of saint with spade on buttress at NE corner of tower.
Dec stone tracery windows and diagonal buttresses elsewhere.
Interior has waggon roof with moulded battens, carved bosses, and
cresting on wallplate. Octagonal font or fluted shaft. Low
gabled link at SE to presbytery of similar materials, with
assymmetrical front. Ground floor has a long band of trefoil
headed stone windows under a hoodmould, 4 lights to left and 5
lights to right of arched doorway with quartrefoil carved
spandrels. 3 2-light and 3-light chamfered stone upper windows
with sills joined by a band. (Pevsner (1977) 117).
Listing NGR: TL3632929246
Source: English Heritage
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