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Corpus Christi Basilica, Manchester

Description: Corpus Christi Basilica

Grade: II
Date Listed: 6 June 1994
English Heritage Building ID: 457782

OS Grid Reference: SJ8591399546
OS Grid Coordinates: 385913, 399546
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4924, -2.2138

Location: Kilsby Walk, Manchester, Greater Manchester M40 7NW

Locality: Manchester
County: Manchester
Country: England
Postcode: M40 7NW

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Listing Text


SJ8599 VARLEY STREET, Miles Platting
698-1/15/757 (North East side)
Corpus Christi Basilica


Church. c.1906, by W.T.Gunson. Red brick with sandstone
dressings, steeply-pitched slate roof. Italian Romanesque
style. Nave with north and south aisles, chancel with apsidal
sanctuary, south-west tower (incomplete). Large west front
formed by gable of nave with tower to same height, with corner
pilasters, string-courses, stone bands to the upper portion.
The gable has a giant blank arch with moulded and banded head,
containing a gabled portal with round-headed doorway which has
a splayed reveal with triple shafts and banded head, and
recessed double doors with traceried tympanum; a band of 6
tall round-headed lancets; and a semi-circular window filling
the head of the arch, with a-stylar reticulated tracery and a
statue in a projected canopied niche. the gable has another
niche with a statue. To the right, the base of the tower has a
projected apsidal baptistery which has a continuous arcade of
round-headed windows with cushion-capital shafts, and a
shallow semi-conical roof; and the 2 upper stages have pairs
of round-headed lancets, the upper pair louvred. The
right-hand side of the tower has a portal like that at the
front but simpler. The 6-bay aisles have continuous
blank-arcading at ground floor level, pilaster buttresses and
pairs of round-headed lancets, and stone bracketed eaves; the
nave has brick semi-columns with pedestals and carved stone
capitals, and windows and eaves like the aisles; and the apse
has a high-set arcade of small round-headed windows. Interior:
aisle arcades of moulded round-headed arches on columns with
large stone cushion capitals all elaborately carved in
Romanesque style; very large round-headed chancel arch with
coupled shafts; barrel-vaulted roof with simple semi-circular

Listing NGR: SJ8591399546

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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