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Church of St Aidan

A Grade II Listed Building in Hendon, Sunderland

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Latitude: 54.8842 / 54°53'3"N

Longitude: -1.3651 / 1°21'54"W

OS Eastings: 440826

OS Northings: 554568

OS Grid: NZ408545

Mapcode National: GBR VG6.S0

Mapcode Global: WHD5D.0H6K

Entry Name: Church of St Aidan

Listing Date: 8 May 1950

Last Amended: 17 October 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1292317

English Heritage Legacy ID: 391568

Location: Sunderland, SR2

County: Sunderland

Electoral Ward/Division: Hendon

Built-Up Area: Sunderland

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: Grangetown

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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Listing Text


920-1/7/190 (East side)
08/05/50 Church of St Aidan
(Formerly Listed as:
RYHOPE ROAD, Grangetown
(East side)
Church of St Aidan)


Parish church. 1910-11. By C Hodgson Fowler, with the help of
anonymous gifts from Matilda Miller; completed in 1930 with
addition of S aisle, chancel, sanctuary and vestries to
original designs and in matching materials, through gifts from
George and Dorothy Short. Red brick with ashlar red sandstone
dressings; roof of plain tiles with red ridge tiles, with
stone gable copings; shingle roof on bellcote. Gothic style
with plinth, stepped buttresses and perpendicular tracery.
Aisled nave with N porch and vestries.
EXTERIOR: gabled nave has 5-light E window flanked by gabled
aisles. 5 nave bays defined by buttresses with continuous sill
string; 4-light pointed-arched aisle windows recessed in
chamfered surrounds of high pointed-arched panels springing
from buttresses at sill string. N gabled porch has steps up to
pointed arch with hollow-moulded chamfer; large band hinges on
boarded door; side buttresses below gabled kneelers and stone
gable coping. Similar door in W bay of S aisle. 3 E gables,
separated by high buttressses, have sill strings, the central
higher, to 6-light nave and 3-light aisle windows with
intermittent ashlar blocks supporting coping with gabled
kneelers; cross finials on aisles. 3 steeply pitched roofs;
bellcote near W end of nave has tall pyramidal spirelet of
shingles with swept eaves over louvres on shingle-covered
plinth; gabled covering to brick-sided vent of chimney at E
end of N aisle.
INTERIOR light and spacious; plaster above high panelled
wainscot; sandstone arcades; no formal chancel division. 4-bay
nave arcades have octagonal piers with brattished capitals and
double-chamfered pointed arches; narrow W baptistry bay; 2-bay
chancel with compound piers; no chancel arch, but paired
2-light roof lights over E bay of nave. Corbelled arch-braced
roof trusses have struts and king post on high collar; aisle
roof trusses on wall posts.
FITTINGS: side chapels have high-quality wood screens; low
choir screen with linenfold panelling; oak choir stalls,
communion rail and pulpit with perpendicular tracery; painted
tryptych reredos in sanctuary and in Lady Chapel. Octagonal
font of fine-grained red sandstone on compound shaft has low
relief religious scenes and inscription saying it was gift of
the children in 1911. High quality painted glass in E and W
(Corfe T: The Buildings of Sunderland 1814-1914: Newcastle:
1983-: 23; Milburn GE and Miller ST: Sunderland River, Town
and People: Sunderland: 1988-: 158).

Listing NGR: NZ4082654568

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