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Christ Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Rossett, Wrexham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.108 / 53°6'28"N

Longitude: -2.95 / 2°56'59"W

OS Eastings: 336502

OS Northings: 357183

OS Grid: SJ365571

Mapcode National: GBR 77.89XM

Mapcode Global: WH88S.N4GM

Entry Name: Christ Church

Listing Date: 18 October 1996

Last Amended: 18 October 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 17453

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Located to the north of the B 5102 Chester road as it turns south towards the Alyn Bridge. Reached by a Lych gate with carved bargeboards and an inscription dated 1899.

County: Wrexham

Community: Rossett (Yr Orsedd)

Community: Rossett

Built-Up Area: Rossett

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

Designed by Douglas and Fordham of Chester in 1886 and constructed 1891-2. Replaces an earlier Gothic Revival church of 1841 in Early English style the font of which is now to be found in the graveyard, and the curtilage walls of which still define the site. Altered in 1876. Parish formed 1840. New church built for a cost of £3,677 6s 1d (£3,677.30p) with £2,861 0s 10d (£2,861.04p) raised from the public. Major donor to the new church was John Townsend of Trevalyn House (now Hospital).

Exterior

Free Gothic Revival style largely re-interpreting Perpendicular with Douglas and Fordham's own characteristics. Constructed of deeply dressed stone laid in irregular courses, the first three courses of larger grey stones acting as a plinth. Built to a cruciform plan with a long nave and north aisle of five bays, short high chancel and transepts. Square tower to crossing. Green slate roof. Windows to the north aisle are square headed with no drip stone or hood mould and key-hole tracery as on east face of south transept. Angle-stepped buttresses to the tower are built flush from the east and west faces so as to continue wall-plane north and south. Buttresses to east end wall are similarly flush with the wall-plane and project north and south to echo those on the tower. Original rain-water goods bear dates of completion i.e. 1892. Three-light louvered openings to tower, crenellated parapet with crocketed finials. Clock to east face of tower bears dedication to "ER" and date "1902". Attached stair-turret to angle of south nave wall and south transept. East window of seven lights. Single storey entrance porch to the south with a carving of Christ the Shepherd in sculpture niche above arch. Stained glass to east and west windows.

Interior

South transept is vestry, north aisle opens into transept to become a small chapel. Choir is forward of the chancel and situated under the crossing with reredos, stalls, and all pews designed by Douglas. Stained glass by Heaton, Butler, and Bayne of late 1920's to north transept, by Kempe in the east window 1905 and by Morris and Co, to the chancel of 1907. Organ case by Douglas.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a good example of a late Gothic Revival church designed in an inventive manner by Douglas and Fordham.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Rossett War Memorial
    Located in the graveyard of Christ Church, Rossett, adjacent to its front wall to Chester Road as it turns a corner towards Marford and crosses the River Alyn.
  • II* Rossett Mill
    Situated slightly back from the north-west of the B 5102 Chester Road and to the north of the main village of Rossett. Stands in its own grounds with new stable developments to the rear south of the A
  • II* Trevalyn Hall (including former lodge)
    Situated in its own grounds set back, and to the south-east, of the Chester Road (B5102)
  • II The Courtyard (formerly known as Trevalyn Hall Service Wing)
    Situated, and adjoined to, the rear of Trevalyn Hall by a linking corridor and Porter's Lodge. In its own grounds to the south-east of the B5102, Chester Road.
  • II Rossett Hall Hotel
    Located in its own grounds and set back from the north side of the B 5445 Chester Road, and with Rossett Hall Farm to the north. Reached by a private drive from the road opposite the corner of Rosse
  • II Canister Cottage
    Situated in its own enclosed garden to the eastern side of the Chester Road. Opposite open agricultural land farmed by Rossett Hall Farm.
  • II Meifod
    Situated to the north side of Llay Road and to the west of the River Alyn. Adjacent to the former Lodge to Stoneleigh House.
  • II Former Stable-block to NE of Trevalyn Hospital
    Located to the south-east of Trevalyn Hall and to the north-east of Trevalyn House, reached by a private drive from Manor Lane.

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