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Church of St Nicholas

A Grade II Listed Building in Durham, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.7775 / 54°46'38"N

Longitude: -1.5753 / 1°34'30"W

OS Eastings: 427418

OS Northings: 542587

OS Grid: NZ274425

Mapcode National: GBR KFF6.R6

Mapcode Global: WHC4Q.S52V

Entry Name: Church of St Nicholas

Listing Date: 19 February 1970

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1310684

English Heritage Legacy ID: 110286

Location: County Durham, DH1

County: County Durham

Electoral Ward/Division: Elvet and Gilesgate

Built-Up Area: Durham

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Durham St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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Listing Text

NZ 2742 NW (North side)


Church of St Nicholas




Parish church. 1857-8 by J.P. Pritchett. Snecked sandstone with ashlar
dressings; graduated Lakeland slate roof with stone gable copings. Aisled
nave and chancel; south porch and south tower. Decorated style. 5-stage
tower in second bay from west has angle buttresses with gabled offsets;
double door with ornate iron hinges in shafted and moulded surround with
ballflower decoration; arms of City of Durham and church in blind quatrefoils
at either side under quatrefoil band and sloped coping, imitating Kepier
Hospital gatehouse (q.v.). Elaborate canopied niche above contains statue of
St. Nicholas, flanked by blind cross-slits. Tall third stage has 2 high
windows. Mask brackets support clock under pinnacled gablet; paired 2-light
belfry openings above under battlemented parapet on ballflower- and-mask
brackets. Gabled corner pinnacles; tall octagonal stone spire with lucarnes.
3-light aisle windows in bays defined by buttresses with gablets and pinnacles;
4-light chancel window in first bay. Clerestory has rounded triangular windows.
East front has shallow gabled porch in south aisle and 2-light window in north,
with gabled buttresses; large 5-light east window; 4-light west window.

Interior: painted plaster with arch-braced collar and king-post roof. 4-bay
north arcade and 2-bay south arcade have leaf-carved capitals to shafted columns;
high chancel arch in similar style. Re-ordered, with chancel arch and aisles
filled with glazed screens forming chapel. Tower has 8-ribbed vault with
heraldic and floral corbels; central boss carved ST.N. and dated 1858. Traceried
stone screens in chancel commemorate Ralph Dixon and are gift of the proprietors
of Durham Waterworks in 1858. Glass by L.C. Evetts in south aisle, 1963.

Listing NGR: NZ2741842587

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