Description: Church of the Holy Rood (Roman Catholic)
Date Listed: 13 January 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 333719
OS Grid Reference: SE3427906132
OS Grid Coordinates: 434279, 406132
Latitude/Longitude: 53.5507, -1.4841
SE3406SW BARNSLEY GEORGE STREET
9/32 Church of the
Roman Catholic church. 1905 by Edward Simpson of Bradford assisted by his son
Charles. Squared, coursed stone with ashlar dressings. Welsh slate roof. Late
Victorian Gothic style. North-west tower. 5-bay nave with 4-bay lean-to aisles
and a south-west baptistry, 2-bay transepts, 2-bay apsidal chancel with 3-bay
south chapel. The square tower becomes octagonal with tall single-light louvred
belfry openings and stone spire with gargoyles and moulded bands. West portal
with 2 cusped doorways and a carved crucifix in tympanum. Large 6-light west
window with Decorated tracery and quatrefoil in head. 5-sided baptistry with
hipped roof. Aisles are plain to lower half, buttressed to upper half with
small 2-light windows with cusped heads and small trefoils. South transept
windows are tall, of 3-lights with Perpendicular tracery. North transept
windows are shorter and of 4 lights. 2- and 3-light chancel and south chapel
Interior: 6-bay arcades, the aisles being transverse vaulted in brickwork and
with stone ribs. Bays 5 and 6 form the crossing and the 2-bay transepts are
similarly vaulted but taller. Elongated, octagonal piers with attached colonnettes.
Arch-braced hammer-beam panelled roof to nave and chancel. Two traceried recesses
to each side, alternate with the confessionals, contain 2 marble sculptures: a
Piéta and St. Patrick, and 2 stone sculptures of St. Michael and St. Anthony.
Above these is a blind, traceried frieze into which are set 14, tessallated,
stations of the cross, the work of the artist Gabriel Pippett of Birmingham,
which were erected by the congregation as a 1st World War Memorial. The bays
of the apsidal east end are marked by slender, pale green and dark green marble
colonnettes. 4 sculpted heads to each side.
The elaborate, traceried, and pinnacled altar and reredos is the work of
R. B. Wall of Cheltenham: a carved panel altar frontispiece of the Last Supper,
and 2 panels in the reredos of the Finding of the Cross, and the Exaltation of
the Cross, flanked by two similar panels of Christ carrying the Cross and
Abraham leading Isaac. Holy Rood in recess above. Organ gallery at rear with
ambulatory under. Lady chapel to south lined in white marble with opus sectile
pictures on walls.
An example of Simpson's later work compared to his many Roman Catholic churches
in High Victorian style.
Listing NGR: SE3427906132
Source: English Heritage
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