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Former United Reformed Church

A Grade II* Listed Building in Kersal, Salford

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Latitude: 53.5157 / 53°30'56"N

Longitude: -2.2549 / 2°15'17"W

OS Eastings: 383196

OS Northings: 402138

OS Grid: SD831021

Mapcode National: GBR DG2.FQ

Mapcode Global: WHB98.BWHQ

Plus Code: 9C5VGP8W+73

Entry Name: Former United Reformed Church

Listing Date: 18 January 1980

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1386187

English Heritage Legacy ID: 471612

Location: Kersal, Salford, M7

County: Salford

Electoral Ward/Division: Kersal

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Salford

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Kersal Moor St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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(South side)
Former United Reformed Church

(Formerly listed as United Reformed Church, Upper Park Road)


Congregational church, later United Reformed church now
disused. 1872-4. By SW Dawkes. Coursed and squared rubble with
Welsh slate roof laid in scalloped bands with ridge cresting.
Decorated style, robustly detailed. Conventional plan with
nave, 2 aisles, transepts, northern vestry and office range,
and SE tower and spire.
EXTERIOR: 3-stage tower with foiled windows and paired bell
chamber lights with clustered shafts. Angle buttresses with
gablets and heavy pinnacles to flying buttresses, and spire
with lucarnes. W door beneath tower with polished granite
shafts and ball flower decoration to moulded archway beneath
steep hoodmould. Paired Decorated lights over. 5-light rose
window to S of nave, and paired lancets over trefoiled arched
doorway to W aisle. Three 3-light windows to aisles. Transepts
with angle buttresses, and 4-light foiled window.
Triple gabled northern range, reading externally like a
chancel, but housing vestries with meeting room over. Blind
arcading carried on shafts with foliate capitals to ground
floor with some inset lancet windows, continuing round the
entire north end. 3 lancet windows over in E wall, and ball
flower cornice. 5-light rose window to wide central N gable,
3-light rose window in right-hand gable. Canted apsidal
stair-turret projects from left-hand gable, with raking stone
roof in 2 tiers and cusped hoodmoulds to lancet windows.
INTERIOR: 5-bay arcade with clustered red sandstone shafts on
high white stone bases, foliate capitals and ball-flower
decoration in the deeply moulded arches. Arches to shallow
transepts higher and wider. Curved principal roof trusses
carrying collar beams spring from foliate corbels. Some
wind-bracing over platform. Complex timber vaulting over
transepts. Willis organ in west transept. Raised platform to
N, with panelled reredos with foliate capitals and trefoiled
windows. 5-light Decorated window above, into meeting room,
glazed in 1885. 3-light windows from aisles also originally
open to meeting hall and subsequently glazed. SE bay of arcade
partly filled by base of tower, and divided as 2-paired
trefoiled arches with intermediate pier carrying carved angel
beneath quatrefoil panel with foliate decoration. Original
seating survives. Simple emblematic stained glass throughout,
much of it now destroyed or damaged. 3 vestries opening off
corridor behind N wall of body of church with meeting room
over, originally intended to double as additional space for
Sunday services, the windows acting as unglazed screens.

Listing NGR: SD8319602138

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