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Church of St Columba

A Grade II Listed Building in Southwick, Sunderland

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Latitude: 54.9204 / 54°55'13"N

Longitude: -1.393 / 1°23'34"W

OS Eastings: 439001

OS Northings: 558585

OS Grid: NZ390585

Mapcode National: GBR VB1.3L

Mapcode Global: WHD55.KLV8

Plus Code: 9C6WWJC4+5Q

Entry Name: Church of St Columba

Listing Date: 17 October 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1208179

English Heritage Legacy ID: 391433

Location: Sunderland, SR5

County: Sunderland

Electoral Ward/Division: Southwick

Built-Up Area: Sunderland

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: North Wearside

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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NZ3858 CORNHILL ROAD, Southwick
920-1/8/286 (East side)
Church of St Columba


Parish church. 1888-90. By C Hodgson Fowler. Brick with red
sandstone dressings; graduated Lakeland slate roof. Aisled
nave and chancel, E apse, NE organ chamber and vestry, S
porch, W porches and baptistry. Basilica style.
EXTERIOR: plinth to full-height E apse and lower apse to S
chancel aisle; semi-conical roofs. 8-bay nave with continuous
chancel has E and W chancel and nave gables have shallow
buttresses continuous with Lombard frieze; N and S elevations
have shallow pillars defining bays, the aisles with single
lights under drip-moulds, the clerestory with paired lights
under drip-string which continues around W angles and over
large W roundel. Round-headed windows have sloping sills and
are recessed in plain surrounds. Pent W porches have 3 windows
flanking boarded doors under moulded lintels, and one window
beside each door in central section, blank where baptistry
apse with conical roof rises through porch.
INTERIOR shows full-length arcades with plain round arches on
round piers with cushion capitals; roof queen-post trusses on
horizontal corbels. Complete scheme of decoration by James
Eadie Reid comprises painted sanctuary apse with groups of
early English saints, biblical scenes above high panelled dado
along both aisles, and stained glass in many windows, some
signed and dated JER 1905. Marble Communion rail panelled in
cream, green and red; marble mosaic sanctuary floor includes
Frosterley `marble'. Square dark marble font with Romanesque
carved patterns in W baptistry.
(Corfe T and Milburn G: Buildings and Beliefs: Sunderland:
1984-: 16-17).

Listing NGR: NZ3900158585

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