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Roman Catholic Church of St Francis with Attached Presbytery and School, Goosnargh

Description: Roman Catholic Church of St Francis with Attached Presbytery and School

Grade: II
Date Listed: 11 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 185908

OS Grid Reference: SD5715438528
OS Grid Coordinates: 357154, 438528
Latitude/Longitude: 53.8412, -2.6526

Location: Horns Lane, Goosnargh, Lancashire PR3 2FJ

Locality: Goosnargh
Local Authority: Preston City Council
County: Lancashire
Country: England
Postcode: PR3 2FJ

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Listing Text


5/61 Roman Catholic Church
of St. Francis, with
attached presbytery
and school

Roman Catholic church, dated 1835 on south gable, with attached presbytery
formerly a farmhouse of late C17, altered, and school building probably of
late C18. Church of squared sandstone with quoins, the side walls rendered
and painted white, presbytery probably also sandstone, stuccoed and painted
pink, school of thin coursed sandstone rubble also painted pink; slate
roofs. Long range on north-south axis, the church at the south end and the
school at the north end of the presbytery. Church is rectangular, 4 bays,
single vessel, in simple classical style: entrance in south gable wall,
which is symmetrical, has a round-headed doorway with double doors,
fanlight with radiating glazing bars, simple moulded surround and cornice;
two round-headed windows at 1st floor, a panel above and between these
lettered GLORY BE TO GOD ON HIGH: and a moulded gable coping with kneelers,
the apex bearing a square bellcote surmounted by a cross. Each side wall
has 4 large round headed windows, and the west side has tie-plates arranged
decoratively in vertical rows between these (but no internal tie-rods).
Interior: decorated in classical style, with sanctuary at north and
distinguished by fluted Corinthian pilasters, plain frieze, and cornice
with egg-and-dart and modillion decoration; panelled gallery at south end.
Presbytery is 3-bay baffle-entry plan, 2 storeys, facing east; has glazed
porch in line with ridge chimney at junction of 2nd and 3rd bays, 3 sashed
windows without glazing bars on each floor; rear has attached stair turret
with parallel ridged roof but is otherwise of less interest; interior has
back-to-back inglenook fireplaces with chamfered bressummers, containing
C18 stone fireplaces with corbelled jambs, that in the middle bay moulded
with a cornice; ceiling beams which may be replacements; shallow rear
addition. School continued to north, 5 bays, the 2 at the southern end of
2 storeys, with 2-light flush mullion windows, the rest full height single
storey with vertical rectangular windows and various alterations. Also
known as Hill Chapel.

Listing NGR: SD5715438528

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Source: English Heritage

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