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Church of the English Martyrs

A Grade II Listed Building in Preston, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.7692 / 53°46'9"N

Longitude: -2.7043 / 2°42'15"W

OS Eastings: 353677

OS Northings: 430545

OS Grid: SD536305

Mapcode National: GBR T95.PP

Mapcode Global: WH85M.FJHB

Plus Code: 9C5VQ79W+M7

Entry Name: Church of the English Martyrs

Listing Date: 2 September 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1217944

English Heritage Legacy ID: 392027

Location: Preston, Lancashire, PR1

County: Lancashire

Electoral Ward/Division: Moor Park

Built-Up Area: Preston

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

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941-1/1/143 (East side)
02/09/85 Church of the English Martyrs


Roman Catholic church. 1863-7, by Edward Welby Pugin, enlarged
1888 by the same architect. Rock-faced sandstone, slate roof. Nave
with north and south aisles, coupled north and south transepts
with chapels on east sides, 5-sided apsidal chancel. Gothic
style. The elaborate gabled west front is distinguished by 3
very prominent pinnacled turrets, one corbelled off the apex
and enriched with statues in niches etc., and the others
carried up from buttressed octagonal corners, enriched with
blind arcading; and by a very large 2-centred arched 8-light
window with multifoiled circular tracery. Beneath the window
is a tripartite porch (of 1888) with crocketed gabled centre
containing a moulded arched doorway and flanked by corbelled
statues, and a similar north doorway. The 6-bay nave and
aisles, by contrast, are very simply treated: the aisles have
attenuated arched 2-light windows with plate tracery, and the
nave has a clerestory of 18 small lancets. The coupled
transepts, projected from the aisles and the same height, have
tall 3-light traceried windows; their chapels have windows
with geometric tracery; and the chancel has coupled 2-light
INTERIOR: 7-bay aisle and 2-bay transept arcades, of tall
columns with heavily-foliated carved caps (all different),
carrying moulded 2-centred arches with hoodmoulds which have
festoons at the springing; wagon roof; projected west gallery
(now with enclosed baptistry beneath); aisles with transverse
arches and side arches; arcaded transepts with coupled and
triple corbelled wall shafts; elaborate sanctuary dado with
statues of saints and martyrs, and canopied reredos.

Listing NGR: SD5367730545

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