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Church of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Presbytery, Wellingborough

Description: Church of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Presbytery

Grade: II
Date Listed: 12 March 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 233772

OS Grid Reference: SP8983467970
OS Grid Coordinates: 489834, 267970
Latitude/Longitude: 52.3025, -0.6839

Location: Ranelagh Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN8 1JF

Locality: Wellingborough
Local Authority: Wellingborough Borough Council
County: Northamptonshire
Country: England
Postcode: NN8 1JF

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Listing Text

SP86NE (South side)
4/117 Church of Our Lady of the
Sacred Heart and Presbytery


Roman Catholic church and presbytery. c.1885-6, by S.J. Nicholl, Rusticated
ironstone with ashlar dressings and plain-tile roof. Nave, aisled chancel
transepts, baptistry and attached presbytery, all have north south axis.
Perpendicular style. Single-storey church, presbytery has 2 storeys and attic.
East elevation; chancel of 3-window range of 3-light windows with 2-stage
buttresses between. Transept has large 3-light window with transom. Nave of
3-window range of irregularly spaced 2- and 3-light windows. Plain corbelled
cornice and ashlar gable parapets with finials and foliated kneelers. Gabled
porch to far left has door with ogee head and window above central statue. West
elevation; nave is similar to east elevation. South gable elevation has large
6-light window. North gable elevation has central rose window, moulded stone
ogee surround and blank 2-light window above with ogee head all flanked by pair
of 3-stage buttresses. Presbytery to right has 2 projecting gables with arched
entrance between. Gable to left has 8-light stone mullion window to ground
floor. Other windows are sash with glazing bars and moulded stone surrounds. The
ground and first floor windows to the right gable are linked by a moulded stone
surround. Ashlar gable parapet and brick stack at ridge. Rear of presbytery is
similar. Interior: 2-bay chancel arcade of tall Perpendicular style arches.
Large moulded stone canopy over altar has ogee-head arch with rose window
behind. Marble altar with reredos. Chamfered arches, with foliated and corbelled
capitals, to transepts. Wooden barrel and trussed rafter roofs, Marble chancel
rail probably early C20 with elaborate flanking statue niches and figures on tie
beam above. Nave windows have niches with statues between. Stone pulpit with
niches and statues. Baptistry to left of chancel has marble altar and moulded
stone font. Stained glass to baptitstry and rose windows are probably by Kempe.
(Buildings of England Northanptonshire, p.453.)

Listing NGR: SP8983467970

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Source: English Heritage

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