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Church of St Mary, Ellel

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 7 June 1979
English Heritage Building ID: 182149

OS Grid Reference: SD4817053585
OS Grid Coordinates: 348170, 453585
Latitude/Longitude: 53.9757, -2.7917

Location: Ellel, Lancashire LA2 0HN

Locality: Ellel
Local Authority: Lancaster City Council
County: Lancashire
Country: England
Postcode: LA2 0HN

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Listing Text


12/76 Church of St. Mary
7.6.1979 (Formerly listed as Chapel of
St.Mary in the grounds
of Ellel Grange)


Church, built in 1873 by W. & G. Audsley on Ellel Grange (q.v.) estate. Now
disused. Coursed rock-faced sandstone with steep slate roof. High Victorian
Gothic style. Comprises a nave, lower apsidal chancel, north porch with
tower, north vestry, and south organ chamber. Porch tower of square plan with
angle buttresses, broached to an octagon with trefoiled lancet bell openings
and with a stone spire with 2 pierced bands of red sandstone. Doorway has 2
moulded orders whose red granite angle shafts have capitals whose foliation
continues as an impost band, and a trefoiled inner arch. Windows have
geometric tracery of various designs. West wall has angle buttresses and a
window of 4 lights. South nave wall has 2 bays separated by a buttress and
windows of 3 lights. North nave wall also has 2 bays with 3-light windows.
Apse has lancets. Interior. Porch has arcading with marble shafts. Interior
walls of sandstone ashlar with polychome banding. Nave has wagon roof with
paintings on panels. Around the walls is low timber arcaded panelling. On
the south side an arch opens into the organ chamber, with the organ remaining.
The inner order of the pointed chancel arch is carried on corbelled marble
shafts with foliated capitals. Below are wrought iron railings on a marble
base. On the north side is a carved stone pulpipt. The chancel roof is
decorated by painting and gilding. A cusped carved rib carried on marble
shafts separates the main roof from the aspidal end, which has radiating ribs.
The lancet windows form a moulded arcade, the arches separated by attached
square marble piers with foliated capitals. Above and below the openings are
foliated bands. The reredos is of carved alabaster. The original floor tiles
remain. Each window has finely-detailed stained glass, although the glass to
some of the windows in the apse has been badly damaged by vandals.

Listing NGR: SD4817053585

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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