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Roman Catholic Church of St Mary with Attached Gate Piers and Railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Burnley, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.7888 / 53°47'19"N

Longitude: -2.2351 / 2°14'6"W

OS Eastings: 384605

OS Northings: 432520

OS Grid: SD846325

Mapcode National: GBR DSTM.WK

Mapcode Global: WHB83.M1V8

Entry Name: Roman Catholic Church of St Mary with Attached Gate Piers and Railings

Listing Date: 29 September 1977

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1313400

English Heritage Legacy ID: 467250

Location: Burnley, Lancashire, BB11

County: Lancashire

District: Burnley

Town: Burnley

Electoral Ward/Division: Bank Hall

Built-Up Area: Burnley

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Burnley St Catherine

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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Listing Text


906-1/17/165 (South side)
29/09/77 Roman Catholic Church of St Mary,
with attached gate piers and


Roman Catholic church. 1846-49. By Weightman and Hadfield.
Coursed squared sandstone, slate roofs. Decorated style.
PLAN: nave with west tower (uncompleted), north and south
aisles, north and south transepts, chancel with north vestry
and south chapel.
EXTERIOR: the 2-stage tower, with a moulded plinth,
angle-buttresses and a canted stair-turret near the north-east
corner, has a 2-centred arched west doorway with a deep
surround moulded in 2 orders and a hood-mould with figured
stops; a very large 2-centred arched 5-light west window with
Decorated tracery and a hood-mould with figured stops and
carved cresting which extends upwards to meet the carved
corbel of a canopied niche containing a statue; and a parapet
incorporating the bases of 2 intended windows in each side.
The 5-bay nave has segmental-pointed 2-light clerestory
windows with tracery, coupled in each bay except the
westernmost which has a single window. The aisles are
buttressed and have large 2-centred arched 3-light windows
with varied Decorated tracery and hood-moulds with figured
stops, except in the 2nd bay where each aisle has a gabled
porch with a 2-centred arched doorway, double-chamfered with
semi-columns which have carved caps. The transepts have angle
buttresses and differing windows: that on the north side has a
3-light window like those of the aisles, but that on the south
side has a circular window with elaborate and unusual tracery
including mouchettes. The north chapel has a moulded arched
doorway and a 2-light window. The chancel has a large
2-centred arched 5-light window with elaborate Decorated
tracery, and above this a tripartite niche with a statue of
the Virgin and a carved crocketed surround.
INTERIOR: spacious and well-proportioned: 5-bay aisle arcades
of alternately cylindrical and octagonal columns with
triple-moulded caps carrying double-chamfered 2-centred
arches; single hammerbeam roof with arch bracing and 3 tiers
of arched wind-bracing; tall double-chamfered transept arches
springing from semi-octagonal responds; large chancel arch
with clustered shafts and 3 orders of deep moulding; chancel
altered by relocation of altar and removal of reredos, but
retains fine stained glass east window of c1851-5; 2-bay
arcades to side chapels, each on a polished granite column
with vigorously carved natural foliation to the cap; Towneley
Chapel (north), commemorating Col. John Towneley (d.1878) and
his son Richard (d.1877) has good screens of mahogany, marble
and brass, elaborate carved wooden reredos, panelling.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: the attached railings, enclosing the
north and south sides of the plot, are of cast-iron, in simple
bar form with needle-eye tops above the rail, divided into
sections by twisted standards with fleur-de-lys heads; and
those on the north side have a gateway in line with the tower,
with a pair of square stone gate piers in Gothic style and
elaborate cast-iron gates.

Listing NGR: SD8460532520

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