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Church of St Ann

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bewsey and Whitecross, Warrington

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Latitude: 53.3967 / 53°23'48"N

Longitude: -2.5948 / 2°35'41"W

OS Eastings: 360548

OS Northings: 389042

OS Grid: SJ605890

Mapcode National: GBR BYB5.12

Mapcode Global: WH98K.3WNC

Plus Code: 9C5V9CW4+M3

Entry Name: Church of St Ann

Listing Date: 24 October 1974

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1161591

English Heritage Legacy ID: 58872

ID on this website: 101161591

Location: Warrington, Cheshire, WA2

County: Warrington

Electoral Ward/Division: Bewsey and Whitecross

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Warrington

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Warrington St Ann

Church of England Diocese: Liverpool

Tagged with: Church building Gothic Revival

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SJ 68 NW

Church of St Ann


Former church. 1868-9, by John Douglas of Chester. Red brick in Flemish bond with some blue brick dressings, slate roof. High Victorian style with C13 Rhenish accent. Aisleless nave with north end and south porches, south-east tower, north vestry and apsidal chancel. The 6-bay nave, with stout buttresses, a plinth, a string-course of blue brick and a brick cornice with a nail-head band, has a gabled porch to the second bay of each side, both with broad battered clasping buttresses, a 2-centred arch chamfered in 3 orders containing a segmental-headed doorway, and a pair of small lancets in each side wall; and in most of the other bays a pair of lancet windows with roll-moulded surrounds. The south-east tower, which is the most striking feature of the design, is broad and square, clasped in the angle of the nave and chancel, and of 3 stages, with straight angle-buttresses to the south-east corner terminating with blue brick offsets at the belfry stage, and a south-west stair-turret treated as a broad clasping buttress terminating at the same level but finished with a tall conical-roofed turret rising above the parapet; a corbel table to the parapet, and a tall steeply-pitched saddle-back roof with a tiered break at its base. It has a small lancet to the 1st stage, an arcade of 3 similar windows to the 2nd stage, and coupled 2-centred arched belfry windows with chamfered surrounds and large wooden louvres. The tall semicircular apse, with buttresses to almost full height, has high 2-centred arched windows with 2 lancet lights and a circle in the head. Gabled vestry on north side, opposed to tower.
INTERIOR: wide lofty nave with unusual internal buttresses between the windows spanned by 2-centred arches and carrying wall-posts to an arch-braced wagon roof with arcaded ashlaring and wind-braced purlins; blind arcading between these buttresses; chancel with slender shafts to elegantly rib-vaulted roof. Said to be heated by steam from adjoining brewery (now demolished). "An impressively forceful High Victorian piece, blunt and uncompromising" [Pevsner, BoE], effectively concentrating its principal features at the south-east corner from which it is first seen.

Listing NGR: SJ6054889042

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