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Charles Church

A Grade I Listed Building in Plymouth, City of Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.3717 / 50°22'18"N

Longitude: -4.1358 / 4°8'8"W

OS Eastings: 248216

OS Northings: 54605

OS Grid: SX482546

Mapcode National: GBR RCD.43

Mapcode Global: FRA 2871.SPX

Plus Code: 9C2Q9VC7+MM

Entry Name: Charles Church

Listing Date: 25 January 1954

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1130021

English Heritage Legacy ID: 473235

ID on this website: 101130021

Location: Barbican, Plymouth, Devon, PL4

County: City of Plymouth

Electoral Ward/Division: St Peter and the Waterfront

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Plymouth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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SX4854 CHARLES CROSS, Plymouth
740-1/58/359 Charles Church


Parish church ruin. 1640-1658, one of very few established
churches built during the Commonwealth, tower completed 1708,
the present stone spire replacing a wooden one in 1766, 2
small C19 accretions, interior refitted 1828-29 by JH Ball
(now lost); gutted during the Blitz and now preserved as a
symbolic ruin and war memorial at the centre of a major
roundabout. Plymouth limestone ashlar with granite dressings;
ashlar spire to tower.
STYLE: Gothic Survival style with elaborate Perpendicular
detail except for the E chancel window which has Decorated
detail with rose tracery.
PLAN: nave/chancel, N and S aisles and W tower.
EXTERIOR: buttresses with finials dividing the bays; traceried
windows with hoodmoulds; the E window particularly fine;
4-centred arched doorways with square hoodmoulds. 3-stage
tower with offset corner buttresses; strings dividing the
diminishing stages; round-arched 3-light upper-stage windows
with simple tracery; octagonal spire behind a parapet with
moulded cornice and square corner pinnacles with pineapple
INTERIOR: arcades with standard A (Pevsner) piers and
depressed arches. Many wall monuments.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-:

Listing NGR: SX4821654603

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 8 December 2016.

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