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Description: Church of St. Joseph
Date Listed: 27 July 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 213492
OS Grid Reference: SJ6634299847
OS Grid Coordinates: 366342, 399847
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4942, -2.5088
LEIGH CHAPEL STREET
SD 69 NE
6/24 Church of
Roman Catholic church. 1855. By Joseph Hansom. Hammer-
dressed stone with fishscale bands to slate roof. Wide nave
with polygonal chancel, west tower, south porch, north and
south chapels and a sacristy. Gothic Revival. 9-bay nave
with projecting plinth, weathered and gableted buttresses
and 3-light windows with Geometrical tracery. Small gabled
chapels (of later date) and porch. 2 and 3-light chancel
windows. Vents on roof. 3-stage tower with angled buttresses
and saddle roof; octagonal stair turret in one corner,
arched west entrance, statue and niche at second stage, 4
cusped lancets at third stage and 2-light belfry openings
below the gables which have a statue finial and are flanked
by elaborate pinnacles. The roof has gabled dormers and a
cast-iron ridge crest. Interior: the unusually wide hammer-
beam roof has arch braces in two directions. It failed
structurally early in its life and slender cast-iron columns
were inserted to support the hammer-beam ends. West gallery.
Timber fittings. Stained glass. Various statuary. Elaborate
altar and reredos incorporating a heavily enriched canopy
above a crucifix. Brightly painted chancel ceiling.
Listing NGR: SJ6634299847
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Source: English Heritage
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