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Church of St Mary, Birkenhead

Description: Church of St Mary

Grade: II
Date Listed: 27 December 1962
English Heritage Building ID: 215379

OS Grid Reference: SJ3604280020
OS Grid Coordinates: 336042, 380020
Latitude/Longitude: 53.3132, -2.9614

Location: Church Lane, Birkenhead, Wirral CH62 0AH

Locality: Birkenhead
County: Wirral
Country: England
Postcode: CH62 0AH

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Listing Text

SJ 38 SE
(north side)
7/60 Church of
27.12.62 St. Mary


Church. Late C13 to early C14, north chapel and aisles,
C15, drastically restored 1870s by D. Walker. Stone, tile
roofs with fishscale bands. Nave with gabled aisles, west
tower, chancel,north chapel and south vestry. 4-bay nave
has aisles with cornice and parapet, 3-light windows with
Perpendicular tracery, mostly C19. Single lights to
clerestory. West end has 2-light windows to aisles. Tower
has deep diagonal buttresses with stepped-weathered heads;
west 2-light window, to south C19 vestry, to north small
door; bell stage has louvred Y-tracery windows. Broach
spire has unusual gable pinnacles, 3 tiers of lucarnes.
South aisle has gabled porch, entrance with elliptical head.
Vestry to south of aisle has canted end and 3-light window,
entrance to east angle; 4-light east window. Chancel has 5-
light window with reticulated tracery and 2 windows of 2
lights to south. Dormers to chancel not visible. Chapel
has 5-light window, buttress between chapel and chancel has
statue of Virgin and Child in canopied niche; north side of
4 bays with 3-light window. Interior: Nave has arcades on
octagonal piers; C19 timber arch-braced roof. Font in base
of tower is round, with band round shaft. Royal arms dated
1772. Good glass by C.E. Kempe to north aisle, clerestory,
west end of south aisle and tower, 1888-90. Chancel has
alabaster reredos; 4-bay arcade to chapel, south organ loft;
south window and dormer windows by. E. Frampton, 1888 and
1890; east window, 1871. Chapel has timber screen. To left
of altar; Charlotte Stanley, died 1662 and Sir Rowland
Stanley, died 1613 table tomb with incised slab and brass
plate. To right of altar, tomb chest, Sir William Stanley,
died 1612, with tapering Ionic columns and incised slab.
Screen to organ loft has 3 armorial panels c.1520 from Poole
Family Pew.

Listing NGR: SJ3604280020

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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