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Church of St Joseph and Attached Presbytery

A Grade II* Listed Building in Pontefract, Wakefield

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Latitude: 53.6916 / 53°41'29"N

Longitude: -1.3166 / 1°18'59"W

OS Eastings: 445223

OS Northings: 421901

OS Grid: SE452219

Mapcode National: GBR MT7R.RD

Mapcode Global: WHDC6.RG7S

Entry Name: Church of St Joseph and Attached Presbytery

Listing Date: 15 November 1988

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1135443

English Heritage Legacy ID: 342642

Location: Wakefield, WF8

County: Wakefield

Electoral Ward/Division: Pontefract North

Built-Up Area: Pontefract

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Pontefract St Giles with St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Listing Text

SE 4521 NW
Church of St Joseph and
15.11.88 attached Presbytery

The Grade shall be amended to read II* (star)


SE 4521 NW
(south side)
7/3 Church of St Joseph and
attached Presbytery

- II

Roman Catholic church and presbytery. 1806 with C20 alterations. Clad in artificial
stone, Welsh and stone slate roofs. First-floor church of six bays above presbytery
and former schoolroom, with staircase wing at north-west end and lower 2-storey
3-bay addition to presbytery at east end. Church, south side: six first-floor
keyed round-arched windows, and to right on each floor a casement window; ashlar
coping, Welsh slate roof; tabled brick stack at right end. North side: ground
floor, from left: 16-pane sash window; 6-panel door below fanlight in round-arched
artificial stone surround; side-sliding sash window; casement window in square
surround; plaque recording historical importance of the church; 4-panel door below
fanlight with intersecting tracery; on first floor, 2 quatrefoils in artificial
stone surrounds. At right end, projecting gabled wing, with on each floor a round-
arched window, the upper one taller and lighting the staircase; gable cross. In
its left return, leaved 4-panel door below fanlight with intersecting tracery.
At east end, presbytery has 3 bays of casement windows with wedge lintels voussoired
and with fluted keystones: hipped stone slate roof. Interior: entrance hall in
wing contains open-well staircase with wreathed handrail and good cast-iron acanthus
balusters, leading up to church and continuing up to west gallery; modillion ceiling
cornice and central acanthus ceiling decoration. Entrance to church has leaved
doors of 6 reeded panels in fluted architrave with corner paterae and panelled door
lining. At west end, gallery has panelled front; C20 infilling below gallery to
form confessional; upper west wall has 2 blind round arches in architraves; gallery
contains some original pitch-pine seating and has dado; ceiling above gallery is
coved. East end of church has segmental-arched sanctuary apse with pilasters with
fluted capitals and round-arched panels; in domical ceiling above, a dove in a
patera; sanctuary is flanked on left by an image niche and on right by a door matching
that at entrance. Ceiling has dentil cornice and 3 decorative features of acanthus
leaves in scalloped paterae. Late C19 benches. The church predates the Catholic
Emancipation Act by over twenty years, and replaced the mission church of St Michael
on Carleton Green founded in 1685 by Father Hammerton, S J, of Purston.

Listing NGR: SE4522321901

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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