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Presbytery adjoining west of Church of St Mary

A Grade II Listed Building in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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Latitude: 52.6075 / 52°36'27"N

Longitude: 1.7333 / 1°44'0"E

OS Eastings: 652869

OS Northings: 307629

OS Grid: TG528076

Mapcode National: GBR YQZ.F1S

Mapcode Global: WHNVZ.LQMC

Plus Code: 9F43JP5M+28

Entry Name: Presbytery adjoining west of Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 9 December 1976

Last Amended: 26 February 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1245911

English Heritage Legacy ID: 468598

Location: Nelson, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30

County: Norfolk

Electoral Ward/Division: Nelson

Built-Up Area: Great Yarmouth

Traditional County: Norfolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk

Church of England Parish: Great Yarmouth

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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Presbytery adjoining west of Church of St Mary



A church presbytery of 1848-50 by JJ Scoles.

The presbytery is constructed of knapped Quaternary and Quarry flint with Lincolnshire Limestone dressings under slate roofs.

Rectangular in plan, of three storeys.

The slightly asymmetrical façade has a projecting bay to the right and a ground floor bay window with parapet to the left. Two projecting gablets on the second floor to the north were added later. All windows are casements with stone surrounds and moulded mullions and are of two or three lights with cusped ogee heads. The rear elevation has a projecting stair turret and added dormer. To the east, a single storey link of knapped flint joins the presbytery with the Church of St Mary to the west.

A very plain interior with a simple staircase and few historic fixtures and fittings remaining

In 1824, before the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829, the Jesuits started a mission in Great Yarmouth under Father Tate. Tate had purchased a house and warehouse in the old town for Catholic worship, but by 1841 the congregation had outgrown this accommodation and the new priest, Father Lopez, purchased land outside of the town on which the Jesuits would build St Mary's. Built at a cost of £10,000, the Jesuits under the patronage of Father Lythgoe commissioned one of their favoured architects, Joseph John Scoles (1798-1863), to design and build the church and adjoining presbytery. Scoles had married into a Great Yarmouth family and designed a number of buildings in the town including St Peter's Anglican Church (later St Spiridion's Greek Orthodox Church) and Britannia Terrace, Marine Parade, both listed at Grade II.

A third storey with gablets was added to the presbytery in the late C19 or early C20. Other extensions have been added to the rear. The interior has been remodelled on the ground floor and many of the historic fixtures and fittings removed.

Martin, Christopher 'A Glimpse of heaven, Catholic Churches of England and Wales' English Heritage, rev.2009.
Pevsner, N and Wilson, B 'The Buildings of England: Norfolk 1 Norwich and the North-East' 2nd Ed 1997 pp 488-529
www.pastscape.org.uk, accessed 21st August 2009.

The presbytery attached to St Mary's Church, Regent Road, Great Yarmouth is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Architecture: It has aesthetic merit in its design by the noted architect JJ Scoles, is of good craftsmanship and constructed with quality materials.
* Group Value: It has considerable group value with the attached contemporary Church of St Mary to the west, also by Scoles.

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