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Roman Catholic Church of St Austin

A Grade II Listed Building in Forebridge, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.8004 / 52°48'1"N

Longitude: -2.1157 / 2°6'56"W

OS Eastings: 392298

OS Northings: 322540

OS Grid: SJ922225

Mapcode National: GBR 16X.KWM

Mapcode Global: WHBDT.GWR1

Entry Name: Roman Catholic Church of St Austin

Listing Date: 17 December 1971

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1195332

English Heritage Legacy ID: 384056

Location: Stafford, Staffordshire, ST17

County: Staffordshire

District: Stafford

Town: Stafford

Electoral Ward/Division: Forebridge

Built-Up Area: Stafford

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Stafford St Paul, Forebridge

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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Listing Text


590-1/11/102 (North West side)
17/12/71 Roman Catholic Church of St Austin


Catholic church. 1862. By Edward Welby Pugin. Brick with blue
brick diapering and ashlar dressings; tile roof.
PLAN: 5-bay nave and lean-to aisles with east chapels flanking
short chancel; north-west turret; south-east sacristy.
EXTERIOR: canted E end has gabled 2-light windows; chapels
have 2-light windows to east and return; aisles have 3-light
windows; clerestory has spherical triangle windows;
Geometrical tracery. West facade has ashlar banding and some
brick diaper and crosses, pointed entrance to centre left end,
each with moulded arch and paired plank doors with strap
hinges; 5-light W window with small vesica window above;
turret to left is flush with facade and shows signs of
re-construction, plain parapet, pointed louvred bell openings
and short needle spire with metal cladding; coped gable with
iron cross.
INTERIOR: arch-braced roofs, part ceiled, part painted;
chancel has richly coloured tiles below sill level and narrow
2-bay arcades to chapels; nave has 4-bay arcades with marble
piers, simple capitals and moulded arches, west gallery with
organ and arcaded balcony front.
FITTINGS: High Altar has roundels between marble shafts, rich
pulpit has ogee panels with relief scenes between canopied
figures, similar desk has tracery panels and deep cornice;
side altars have relief panels and figures of the Virgin and
Child and the Sacred Heart; font has quatrefoils to sides with
instruments of the Passion, C20 glazed screen beneath gallery.
STAINED GLASS: C19 and C20 glass to N; E windows by Hardman; W
window has C16 Flemish glass, presumably that which was
installed in church of 1818, now demolished, by Lord Stafford.
(Staffordshire Catholic History: Catholic Chapels in
Staffordshire: 1974-: 429; Buildings of England: Pevsner N and
Nairn J: Staffordshire: London: 1974-: 249).

Listing NGR: SJ9229822540

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