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Description: Church of St Joseph
Date Listed: 30 September 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 224645
OS Grid Reference: TG1594242910
OS Grid Coordinates: 615942, 342910
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9401, 1.2122
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TG 14 SE SHERINGHAM CROMER ROAD
5/110 Church of St.Joseph
Roman Catholic parish church, 1910, completed 1936, by Giles Gilbert Scott.
Red brick, plain tile roof hidden by high parapets. Ritual east to north.
Tall nave and chancel in one, low ambulatory aisles to ritual north and south,
organ bay and chapel to ritual north, porch lobby to ritual west; chapel to
east. Brick bond of 5-6 courses of stretchers between 2 courses of headers;
3-stepped plinth, lowest step with stone cap, second and third steps with
single and double plinth bricks; shallow pitched roof behind gable parapets
with stone crosses. High circular ritual east window having stone tracery
of a cinquefoil surrounded by 6-mouchettes, 2 stone shields below inscribed
ihs and xpi; low 2 bay chapel of St. Joseph to left. Ritual north facade:
3 large square headed windows with stone tracery, 2-lights with bold
curvilinear tracery above, brick surrounds with random stone; brick pilaster
strips at angles and between second and third window marking junction of 1910
work to left and 1936 completion to right; low organ bay to left with steep
pitched roof and gable bellcote, 2 small windows with stone surrounds and
scalloped stone lintels; small chapel to centre, until 1936 the entrance
porch, with two 3-light windows as to organ bay. Low lobby porch to ritual
west, the width of the nave, having embattled parapet, stone mullioned lights
as to organ bay grouped 1:4:1; entrance to left return with hollow chamfered
stone arch above double chamfered brick jambs; tall 2-light west window with
traceried equilateral arch. Ritual south facade with 3 windows as to ritual
north, chapel of St.Joseph to right. Interior: low arcades to ritual north
and south each of 5 bays with equilateral arches separated by oval piers,
arches grouped 3 and 2 from ritual east with wide oval piers between bays
3 and 4 each pierced by small semi-circular headed arch. Painted and boarded
king post roof; white marble altar resting on octagonal hollow faced columns,
white marble altar rails; floor of oak and Welsh slate; seven sacrament font
to right of altar, a copy of C15 font at Church of St. Mary Little Walsingham,
Norfolk, but without base steps; suspended roof and stations of the cross,
1914, from Austria by Tosci; stone altar in chapel to ritual north showing
Annunciation, possibly by Eric Gill. Chapel of St. Joseph attached to ritual
south of chancel separated internally by glass screen: 1908, possibly by Giles
Gilbert Scott, aligned east-west. Brick work as main church. 2 windows north
and south of 2 wide traceried lights under pointed segmental head, rounded
stone jambs; each window to north flanked by thin brick buttresses rising
from stone plinth cap, each having band, string course and cap of stone;
interior: plain barrel ceiling. Attached presbytery to east.
Listing NGR: TG1594242910
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Source: English Heritage
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