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Church of St Joseph, Stockport

Description: Church of St Joseph

Grade: II
Date Listed: 16 September 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 210892

OS Grid Reference: SJ8960990315
OS Grid Coordinates: 389609, 390315
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4095, -2.1578

Location: Tatton Street, Stockport SK1 1HG

Locality: Stockport
County: Stockport
Country: England
Postcode: SK1 1HG

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Listing Text



Roman Catholic church. 1861-2 by Matthew Ellison Hadfield of Sheffield, architect,
Messrs J Robinson of Hyde, Cheshire, builders. Hammer dressed Yorkshire grit-stone,
Hollington stone dressings, slate roofs. Basilican plan: nave and clerestory, 3
sided apse, aisles and south side base of lower, 2 storey sacristy. Nave and apse
under one roof pitch. Simplified High Victorian gothic, early decorated details
"of an English type" (Builder). Liturgical west front has 2 lancets flanking ogee
headed door under pitched gable with crockets. Two 3-light geometric tracery
windows above, cinquefoil roundel in gable. 3-light tracery clerestory and apse
windows, segmental tracery aisle liturgical east windows. Interior: 5 bay nave
arcades, Derbyshire marble bases, Yorkshire stone shafts and capitals, simplified
chamfered arches. Arched braced panelled nave roof. Chancel arch reduced to
doubled arched braces with quatrefoil panelling, set on stone corbel. Exposed
raftered aisle roofs. Original built-in confessionals extended through aisle walls
under traceried windows. West gallery. High altar and chancel furniture as
memorial to 1914-1918 war dead. East window, stained, 1882. Design heavily
influenced by Hadfield's former partner George Goldie and by the mid-century re-
action against A W N Pugin's planning and liturgical principles: "arrange(d).. so
that the greatest possible space shall be given up for the use of the congregat-
ion with the facility for seeing and hearing and abundance of light": Builder,
March 30, 1862, p 216. Centenary Record, Diocese of Shrewsbury, 1851-1951, (1951,
pp 91-92.

Listing NGR: SJ8960990315

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Source: English Heritage

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