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Church of St Mary and Attached Railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Sunderland, Sunderland

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Latitude: 54.9082 / 54°54'29"N

Longitude: -1.3827 / 1°22'57"W

OS Eastings: 439678

OS Northings: 557227

OS Grid: NZ396572

Mapcode National: GBR VCL.C8

Mapcode Global: WHD55.QWSP

Plus Code: 9C6WWJ58+7W

Entry Name: Church of St Mary and Attached Railings

Listing Date: 8 May 1950

Last Amended: 17 October 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1207805

English Heritage Legacy ID: 391394

Location: Sunderland, SR1

County: Sunderland

Electoral Ward/Division: Hendon

Built-Up Area: Sunderland

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: Millfield St Mark

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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920-1/18/20 (West side)
08/05/50 Church of St Mary and attached
(Formerly Listed as:
(West side)
Roman Catholic Church of St Mary)


Roman Catholic parish church. 1830-35. By I Bonomi. 1850
chapels, c1980 alteration to ritual S when attached presbytery
demolished. Sandstone ashlar W front, remainder limestone
rubble with ashlar dressings and some C20 ashlar; Welsh slate
roof; cast-iron railings. W is ritual E.
Sanctuary; N and S chapels; 3-bay nave. C13 style. Gabled W
front to street has stepped buttresses with tall pinnacles
flanking tall 3-light window with cinquefoil in plate tracery;
stepped triple arcade above, outer arches blind and central
louvred, under crocketed gable. Flanking lancets below smaller
lights, under plain sloped coping. 2-stage porches at each
end, with pinnacled stepped and angled buttresses, have
moulded door arches with nook shafts; bands above have blind
quatrefoil tracery; top stage 2-light windows with quatrefoil
tracery under Lombard frieze and top blind arcaded parapet.
Gable has cross finial. S elevation has lancets. E front to
Back Bridge Street has central trefoil below small lancet;
lancets in outer bays; paired lancets in N and triple in S
INTERIOR has W gallery on moulded cast-iron columns; inserted
partition set back below. Chapels have paired double-chamfered
arches on round column and attached half-columns, the N with
shafts. High pointed-arched sanctuary, blind trefoil above and
trefoil within, and flanking windows have nook shafts with
clasping rings; hoodstring over pointed blind arches and
windows. 4 confessional doors in N wall have shouldered arches
with signs of the Passion carved in spandrels of chamfered
surrounds under hoodstring. Panelled coved ceiling on
brattished cornice and heraldic corbels. N chapel has
Gothic-style reredos with high relief carved Annunciation, S
chapel has E arcade. Reordered with altar brought forward;
carved, painted Gothic reredos in situ.
Glass in E windows signed and dated TC Dickinson, London,
1946; in N chapel vivid N window signed HM Barnett, Newcastle,
commemorating Gilmore died 1867.
Cast-iron railings attached to front and right return of
ritual S porch: spears with trefoils on principles.
The earliest Gothic revival church surviving in Sunderland.
(Corfe T and Milburn G: Buildings and Beliefs: Sunderland:
1984-: 10).

Listing NGR: NZ3967857227

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