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Church of St Wilfrid

A Grade II* Listed Building in Preston, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.7573 / 53°45'26"N

Longitude: -2.7027 / 2°42'9"W

OS Eastings: 353765

OS Northings: 429221

OS Grid: SD537292

Mapcode National: GBR T9F.QS

Mapcode Global: WH85M.GT6G

Plus Code: 9C5VQ74W+WW

Entry Name: Church of St Wilfrid

Listing Date: 27 September 1979

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1207254

English Heritage Legacy ID: 391946

ID on this website: 101207254

Location: Avenham, Preston, Lancashire, PR1

County: Lancashire

District: Preston

Electoral Ward/Division: Town Centre

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Preston

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Preston St John and St George the Martyr

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

Tagged with: Church building Neoclassical architecture

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941-1/11/67 (East side)
27/09/79 Church of St Wilfrid


Roman Catholic church. 1793, rebuilt 1879-80 by Ignatius
Scoles and S.J.Nichols. Red brick with much buff terracotta
cladding and dressings, slate roof. Nave on north-south axis,
with east and west aisles, east chapels and south apse.
Italian basilica style. Six-bay nave embraced by tall aisles.
High plinth dressed with sandstone, then rusticated terracotta
to ground floor level, with bands, frieze and cornice of
matching material. The gabled tripartite north front, the
centre breaking forwards slightly, has a large round-headed
doorway with very elaborate terracotta surround including
tympanum with reliefs, and flanking side doors in similar
style; a large circular window near the top flanked by
monograms and under an enriched pediment, and windows to the
tops of the aisles, of 2 round-headed lights, all these with
elaborate terracotta surrounds. The west side has high-set
round-headed windows with similarly elaborate surrounds.
INTERIOR: basilica form, with colonnades of massive Corinthian
columns in polished red marble mounted on square plinths of
black marble; coffered barrel-vaulted ceiling; marble cladding
to the walls and apse, in various hues, including giant
Corinthian pilasters; mosaic portraits of saints over arcade
to chapel; canted north gallery with ornamental cast-iron

Listing NGR: SD5376529221

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