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Church of St Luke

A Grade II Listed Building in Portsmouth, City of Portsmouth

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Latitude: 50.7969 / 50°47'49"N

Longitude: -1.0886 / 1°5'19"W

OS Eastings: 464327

OS Northings: 100105

OS Grid: SU643001

Mapcode National: GBR VRF.KK

Mapcode Global: FRA 86LZ.RQ8

Plus Code: 9C2WQWW6+QH

Entry Name: Church of St Luke

Listing Date: 25 September 1972

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1104307

English Heritage Legacy ID: 474674

ID on this website: 101104307

Location: Somers Town, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO5

County: City of Portsmouth

Electoral Ward/Division: Charles Dickens

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Portsmouth

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Southsea St Luke and St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

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774-1/21/19 Church of St Luke


Church. 1858-61. By Thomas Hellyer of Ryde. Flint with stone
dressings. Welsh slated roofs.
STYLE: Neo-Norman.
PLAN: 5 bay nave with aisles. 1 bay chancel with apsidal
sanctuary, south-east vestry, west bellcote. Aligned
north-west/south-east. Liturgical east used in this
EXTERIOR: north face has offset flat buttresses, clasped at
corners, stone coped plinth. On left (east) is a recessed
boarded door set under round stone arch and jambs. To left is
1 and to right 4 paired windows each with leaded lights set
under stone round arch, rusticated jambs and sill. Projecting
brick eaves. At far right (west) is a mid C20 passage entrance
to church from church hall (of no special interest).
Nave has 5 timber mullioned and transomed dormer clerestory
windows with leaded lights. At centre of slightly projecting
west face is a 2-leaf boarded door with ornate iron strap
hinges set under splayed stone round arch with hoodmould,
rusticated jambs. To left and right are 2 narrow round-headed
windows each set under round stone arch, rusticated jambs. A
similar window is set within niche pilaster buttress on left
and right. Second tier windows have at centre a tall recessed
window with leaded lights set within stone splayed and
roll-moulded round arch with hoodmould, flanking colonnettes
supporting springers. Closely spaced on each side are 2
shorter narrow recessed round-arched windows, each arch with
zig-zag ornament, moulded imposts banded to left and right.
Horizontal hoodmould over each pair. 3rd tier over central
window is a narrow round-headed window under stone arch,
hoodmould, rusticated jambs. Slightly projecting centre bay,
stone bellcote with round-arched opening, flanking pilasters
and corner buttresses, facing gable with finial. Each aisle
with lower roof has a recessed 2-leaf boarded door set under
round stone arch and jamb. South face has similar round-headed
windows as north face.
At far left (west) is a projecting boiler house with, on west
face, a narrow boarded door set under round stone arch, facing
stone gable. East face of sanctuary apse has 3 narrow windows
with leaded lights each set under stone round arch, jambs and
sill. Flanking pilaster buttresses, projecting brick eaves

with stone Lombard frieze. To left of chancel is a low vestry
with lean-to roof, 20-pane casement set under flat stone arch,
jambs and sill. On left return of vestry a boarded door set
under round stone arch.
INTERIOR: 5-bay nave arcade has yellow brick columns with red
brick bands, stone scalloped capitals and base, round stepped
grey brick arches with hoodmoulds. Clerestory dormer windows
each with patterned stain glass at top, lower part plain
glass. Hammer beam roof with curved principals, diagonal
boarded ceiling to underside of rafters. Aisle windows have
similar stained glass at tops. Boarded ceiling lower than
nave. Round red brick chancel arch with 'Norman' billet
ornament at intrados, yellow brick pilasters and red brick
bands, scalloped stone cap. Centre window of apsed sanctuary
has stained glass. To left and right are 2 round-headed
plaques each with flanking colonnettes. Timber panelled dado
up to window sill level with dentilled cornice. Curved boarded
ceiling with rafters seated on stone corbels. Vestry door on
south side. Vestibule at west end with timber-framed screen
and leaded lights, organ loft with projecting balcony. High
level west window has stained glass.
(The Buildings of England: Lloyd DW: Hampshire and the Isle of
Wight: Harmondsworth: 1973-: 440; The Portsmouth Papers:
Habbuck R: Portsmouth: 1969-: 24; Offord J: Church, Chapels
and Places of Worship in Portsea Island: Southsea: 1989-: 44,
45, 46).

Listing NGR: SU6610802158

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