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Description: Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Date Listed: 14 April 1949
English Heritage Building ID: 235901
OS Grid Reference: NZ2642687651
OS Grid Coordinates: 426426, 587651
Latitude/Longitude: 55.1825, -1.5865
ASHINGTON WANSBECK ROAD
NZ 28 NE (West side)
2/30 Church of the
Parish church 1887-1896 by W.S. Hicks. Snecked stone with ashlar dressings;
Lakeland slate roof. 5-bay aisled plan with no structural nave/chancel
division, western narthex, cross-gabled east bay of north aisle as organ
chamber, with truncated bell tower and sacristy on east. Late C14 style.
Stepped buttresses between bays and set back at angles, chamfered plinth, sill
string. 3-light windows to north and south, with part-blocked priest's door
near east end on south. 2-light window at west end of north aisle and 4-light
window to organ chamber with cruciform loop in gable above. Flat-roofed
narthex has three 2-light windows on west; boarded double doors with scrolly
ironwork under moulded arch, with sunk quatrefoils in spandrels, on each return.
Large 4-light window above. 5-light east window with whirling mouchette in
gable above; 3-light east window to south aisle. Lower stage of bell tower,
octagonal at top, now forms link to sacristy which has boarded door under
moulded round arch with trefoiled panels holding blank shields in spandrels.
Coped gables with finial crosses; timber bellcote on nave roof.
Interior: plastered double-chamfered arcades on octagonal piers with moulded
caps and bases, and corbel responds. Arcade of 3 arches with broad chamfers,
now glazed, to narthex. Boarded vault in main body of church and coffered
ceilings over aisles, both with brattished wall plates. Carved pulpit and
screens at east end of aisles. Octagonal stone font in simple C15 style.
East window: Ascension as 1914-18 war memorial.
The dedication is taken from the former medieval church at Sheepwash. The
tower was never completed as the Ashington Coal Company, major benefactors,
objected on the grounds that their slumbering night-shift workers would be
disturbed by bells.
Listing NGR: NZ2642687651
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Source: English Heritage
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