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Roman Catholic Church of St Elizabeth

A Grade II Listed Building in Bescar, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.6123 / 53°36'44"N

Longitude: -2.9209 / 2°55'15"W

OS Eastings: 339170

OS Northings: 413254

OS Grid: SD391132

Mapcode National: GBR 8V1N.FT

Mapcode Global: WH869.3GCL

Plus Code: 9C5VJ36H+WJ

Entry Name: Roman Catholic Church of St Elizabeth

Listing Date: 2 December 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1073116

English Heritage Legacy ID: 357728

Location: Scarisbrick, West Lancashire, Lancashire, L40

County: Lancashire

Civil Parish: Scarisbrick

Built-Up Area: Bescar

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Scarisbrick St Mark

Church of England Diocese: Liverpool

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SD 31 SE
8/21 Roman Catholic Church of
St. Elizabeth
- II

Roman Catholic church. 1888, by Pugin and Pugin. Rock-faced red
sandstone, red tiled roof. Nave on north-south axis, with east aisle,
south-east chapel, apse, north-east tower and north-west baptistery.
Decorated style. North gable end, with tower to left and baptistery to
right, and angle buttresses, has at the right-hand end of the gable of the
nave a 2-centred arched doorway with recessed door and hoodmould with
foliated stop, linked to a dripband carried over 3 cusped lancets at ground
floor, above which is a carved panel with Gothic lettering "Sancta
Elizabetha Ecclesia 1888"; above this, a large traceried 4-light window
under a hoodmould with figured stops, a gable dripband, and a traceried
gable eye. The tower has a doorway like the other but with figured stops,
a window above with 2 cusped lights, above this 2 cusped lancets, then a
tall belfry window of 2 louvred cinquefoil lights with a quatrefoil in the
head, a Lombard frieze between the buttresses, and a pyramidal roof swept
over bracketed eaves. Except for the door, the other sides of the tower
match this. On the east side the buttressed 4-bay aisle has square-headed
windows of 1, 3, 3 and 2 cusped lights, and the nave has gablets containing
wide arched traceried windows; at the south end of the aisle is a square
porch and the chapel with parallel pitched roof and windows like those in
the aisle, and at the south gable of this a memorial to Eliza Margaret De
Biaudos Scarisbrick, Marchioness de Casteja (d.1878), with a carved
tripartite canopy and momumental slab enclosed by fleur-de-lys iron
railings. The apse is 5-sided, with a window of 2 cinquefoil lights in
each side, that in the centre raised into a gablet, and all under
hoodmoulds with figured stops. The west side has tall 2-light windows with
mouchette tracery, at the north end a 5-sided baptistery with cusped
lancets, and at the south end a large gabled sacristy. Interior: gallery at
north end, over wide depressed arches forming an interior porch or narthex;
aisle arcade of moulded arches on octagonal columns; arch-braced roof with
Y-struts to principal rafters; arch-braced santuary roof with stencilled
panels; chapel divided into 2 equal bays by a moulded stone arch, the
ceiling painted blue with stencilled gold stars; on west side of nave
a large elaborately carved wooden pulpit on a carved pedestal and
approached by stairs also elaborately carved, probably Belgian, mid- to
later C17 (Pevsner).

Listing NGR: SD3917013254

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