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Church of St Ann

A Grade I Listed Building in City Centre, Manchester

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.4817 / 53°28'53"N

Longitude: -2.2458 / 2°14'44"W

OS Eastings: 383784

OS Northings: 398354

OS Grid: SJ837983

Mapcode National: GBR DJG.DX

Mapcode Global: WHB9G.GRS8

Entry Name: Church of St Ann

Listing Date: 25 February 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1247612

English Heritage Legacy ID: 457202

Location: Manchester, M2

County: Manchester

Electoral Ward/Division: City Centre

Built-Up Area: Manchester

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Manchester St Ann

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Listing Text

SJ 8398 SE, 698-1/27/384

MANCHESTER,
ST ANN STREET (South side), Church of St Ann

25/02/52

GV

I

Church. 1709-12 (traditionally said to have been designed by
Sir Christopher Wren or one of his pupils); restored 1886-91 by
Alfred Waterhouse. Sandstone ashlar, hipped slate roof.
Classical style. Nave with east apse and west tower. The
2-storey 6-bay nave has coupled pilasters to both levels, the
lower being fluted Corinthian and the upper plain, both with
cornices, each bay containing large round-headed windows with
keystones, and the westernmost a square headed doorway in a
large pedimented tetrastyle Corinthian doorcase with fluted
columns; and a pilastered parapet (formerly with urns). The
semi-circular full-height apse has tall fluted Corinthian
pilasters, a full entablature with carved emblems on the
frieze, a very prominent cornice, and large round-headed
windows with panelled aprons, moulded imposts and enriched
keystones. The square west tower has four stages divided by
string courses and a mid-height cornice, rusticated clasping
corner pilasters to the lower half, a Tuscan pilaster west
doorway, coupled round-headed lancets to the second stage, an
oculus in a blank arch to the third stage (and clock-faces under
segmental pediments in the north and south sides), a belfry
stage with coupled fluted Corinthian pilasters framing
round-headed 3-light louvred belfry windows with keystones,
and a moulded cornice and balustraded parapet (originally
surrounding a 3-stage cupola).

INTERIOR: galleries on three sides,
supported by stout Tuscan columns (replacing square pillars),
and with upper arcades on original slender Tuscan columns;
most furnishings dating from C19 restoration, including choir
in nave, but fragments of original pulpit and communion rail
survive. Stained glass by Frederick Shields.

HISTORY: second
oldest church in Manchester, built as part of early C18
development of St Ann's Square; formerly had strong Whig and
Anti-Jacobite connections; John Wesley preached here 1733 and
1738, Thomas De Quincey was baptized here 1785.


Listing NGR: SJ8378898353

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

Description

SJ 8398 SE, 698-1/27/384

MANCHESTER,
ST ANN STREET (South side), Church of St Ann

25/02/52

GV

I

Church. 1709-12 (traditionally said to have been designed by
Sir Christopher Wren or one of his pupils); restored 1886-91 by
Alfred Waterhouse. Sandstone ashlar, hipped slate roof.
Classical style. Nave with east apse and west tower. The
2-storey 6-bay nave has coupled pilasters to both levels, the
lower being fluted Corinthian and the upper plain, both with
cornices, each bay containing large round-headed windows with
keystones, and the westernmost a square headed doorway in a
large pedimented tetrastyle Corinthian doorcase with fluted
columns; and a pilastered parapet (formerly with urns). The
semi-circular full-height apse has tall fluted Corinthian
pilasters, a full entablature with carved emblems on the
frieze, a very prominent cornice, and large round-headed
windows with panelled aprons, moulded imposts and enriched
keystones. The square west tower has four stages divided by
string courses and a mid-height cornice, rusticated clasping
corner pilasters to the lower half, a Tuscan pilaster west
doorway, coupled round-headed lancets to the second stage, an
oculus in a blank arch to the third stage (and clock-faces under
segmental pediments in the north and south sides), a belfry
stage with coupled fluted Corinthian pilasters framing
round-headed 3-light louvred belfry windows with keystones,
and a moulded cornice and balustraded parapet (originally
surrounding a 3-stage cupola).

INTERIOR: galleries on three sides,
supported by stout Tuscan columns (replacing square pillars),
and with upper arcades on original slender Tuscan columns;
most furnishings dating from C19 restoration, including choir
in nave, but fragments of original pulpit and communion rail
survive. Stained glass by Frederick Shields.

HISTORY: second
oldest church in Manchester, built as part of early C18
development of St Ann's Square; formerly had strong Whig and
Anti-Jacobite connections; John Wesley preached here 1733 and
1738, Thomas De Quincey was baptized here 1785.


Listing NGR: SJ8378898353

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