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Description: Church of St Mary Magdalene
Date Listed: 29 March 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 335729
OS Grid Reference: SK4510590025
OS Grid Coordinates: 445105, 390025
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4051, -1.3230
SK49SE WHISTON SCHOOL HILL
(off north-east side)
6/93 Church of
29.3.68 St. Mary Magdalene
Church. C12 west window now built into east wall of C13 tower, south doorway
also C13; south wall rebuilt C15; extensive rebuilding of 1881-83 by John Oldrid
Scott including addition of new nave and chancel to north of old axis; south
porch, vestry and part of tower also of this date. Earliest work rubble sandstone,
C15 work ashlar, C19 work dressed sandstone; Welsh slate and lead roofs.
South-west tower; old 3-bay nave and 2-bay chancel now forms south aisle and
chapel to C19 4-bay nave and 3-bay chancel; north vestry, south porch.
Tower: north and west walls of early rubble work, other walls refaced C19 with
added diagonal buttresses. Chamfered and moulded plinth. Lancet west window,
4- centred-arched belfry openings with louvres beneath two , square, decorated
panels. String course with gargoyles beneath frieze with foiled panels, embattled
parapet steps up to crocketed pinnacles. Tiled pyramidal roof with weathervane.
Nave: south aisle has chamfered plinth, wave-moulded band and angle buttresses.
C19 gabled porch with 2-light Y-tracery window to left and two 4-centred, 3-light
windows to right, all with hoodmoulds. String course beneath embattled parapet
with end pinnacles. C19 north wall of nave has four 3-light windows with buttresses
to each bay. Paired west doors with pointed arches and foliage-carved spandrels,
4-light west window with hoodmould. Gable copings with crosses. Lower chancel
has chamfered plinth and diagonal buttresses flanking 3-light Perpendicular-style
east window. Two 2-light windows to each side wall. Gabled, 2-storey, north
vestry with ogee west doorway and 2 octagonal chimneys. South chapel as aisle but
with diagonal east buttress, central buttress, priest's door and square-headed
2-light and 3-light windows.
Interior: pointed south doorway with tall cavetto-moulded arch. Double-chamfered
tower arch beneath C12 west window. In corners of tower are 4 massive timber posts
which formerly supported the bell frame. C19 aisle arcade with compound keeled
piers and one octagonal pier, carved capitals, moulded arches with continuous
hoodmould. Marble wall monuments in south aisle. 2 medieval grave slabs, one in
the base of the tower, the other north of the chapel altar. Stained glass: east
window by Clayton and Bell, 1883; west window of same date by Kemp, 2 later windows
in aisle also by Kemp.
J. D. Griffin, The Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Whiston, 1967.
Listing NGR: SK4510590025
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