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Church of St Alban

A Grade II* Listed Building in Macclesfield, Cheshire East

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Latitude: 53.2599 / 53°15'35"N

Longitude: -2.134 / 2°8'2"W

OS Eastings: 391160

OS Northings: 373662

OS Grid: SJ911736

Mapcode National: GBR FZJR.S4

Mapcode Global: WHBBP.6B27

Plus Code: 9C5V7V58+XC

Entry Name: Church of St Alban

Listing Date: 17 March 1977

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1206898

English Heritage Legacy ID: 390941

Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire East, SK11

County: Cheshire East

Civil Parish: Macclesfield

Built-Up Area: Macclesfield

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: All Saints Macclesfield

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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886-1/9/42 (South side)
17/03/77 Church of St Alban
(Formerly Listed as:
(South side)
Roman Catholic Church of St Alban)


Roman Catholic church. Designed 1838; built 1839-41. By Augustus
Welby Northmore Pugin. Coursed and squared rubble with ashlar
dressings and Welsh slate roof.
PLAN: unfinished west tower, nave with high clerestorey and 2
aisles, chancel. Perpendicular style. West tower unfinished.
EXTERIOR: deeply moulded west doorway with 5-light window
above, stilted arched light in upper stage flanked by statues
in niches. Clasping buttresses and stair turret in SE angle.
Nave with steep roof over clerestorey. Lean-to aisles, the
south aisle divided by buttresses, and with gabled porch with
shafts to deeply moulded archway. North aisle and projecting
confessional booths concealed behind presbytery. Statue in
niche over south doorway. Angel corbels across the western
angles of the aisles carry statues in traceried niches clasped
between buttresses. Shallow chancel with 4-light windows north
and south, and 7-light east window. All gables coped with
cross finials. Single storey vestry in NE angle.
INTERIOR: 5-bay arcade, with very slender and lofty clustered
shafts carrying Perpendicular arches. 10-window clerestorey,
each window of 2-lights. King post and collar roof with arched
braces and wind braces. Tall Perpendicular arches to west
tower and chancel, painted. Choir gallery and organ loft in
tower. Open-work chancel screen carrying rood. High chancel
has coloured tiled floor and ornate altar piece with advanced
central statue in aedicule over tabernacle, forming centre
piece of altar with 12 figures of saints each side. Traceried
sedilia to south. Stained glass in east window, a central
figure, the rest emblematic.
Chapel to SE with painted Perpendicular arch and wall painted
with stencilled monograms and emblems to dado height. Altar
piece with statue in niche flanked by high relief panels
depicting scenes from the Life of Mary. Stained glass in
window above, also dedicated to the Life of Mary. Painted text
as hoodmould to window.
Altar recessed at east end of N aisle, with 3 statues in
traceried niches set beneath a small high window with stained
glass. Pulpit added 1850 by Edward Welby Pugin, square in plan
with traceried panels and statues in niches at angles.
A church of exceptional interest among the works of this major
(Buildings of England: Hubbard E: Cheshire: Harmondsworth).

Listing NGR: SJ9116073662

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