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Description: Church of St Mary, Lowe House
Date Listed: 11 September 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 216377
OS Grid Reference: SJ5093595844
OS Grid Coordinates: 350935, 395844
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4571, -2.7404
SJ 49 NE ST. HELENS NORTH ROAD
4/86 Church of
11.9.51 Lowe House
Catholic church. 1924-30. C.B. Powell. Rock-faced stone
with ashlar dressings, slate roof. Nave with aisles; west
tower with flanking porches; crossing dome with round
transept and chancel apses; south war memorial chapel and
north rounded chapel apse. The style is a combination of
Gothic and Byzantine elements. Tower has setback
buttresses, gabled west entrance has round arch of 3 orders
with mosaic tympanum; doors have decorative iron strapwork.
Window of stepped triple round-headed lancets under
relieving arch. 3 lancet bell openings between buttresses
which rise above parapet; corner turrets are embattled.
Aisles have paired lancets and flying buttresses supporting
clerestory with embattled pinnacles. Apses have paired
lancets and copper roofs. Copper dome on embattled
octagonal drum has lancets under Lombard frieze. South
chapel has gabled porch and round apse. Vestry to south.
Interior: 4-bay nave has round-arched arcades on polished
granite round columns with Byzantine capitals, brick vault
with stone ribs on corbelled wall shafts. Round timber
gallery in front of round tower arch. Crossing has round
drum on pendentives with paired openings under diapered
tympana. Chancel has iron screen and openings to
ambulatory. Transepts have small east chapels. C20
crossing altar on dais and font. The church is an important
local landmark and is a richly decorated exercise in the
Byzantine style combined with Gothic exterior details.
Listing NGR: SJ5093595844
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Source: English Heritage
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