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Church of St Simon

A Grade II Listed Building in Southsea, Portsmouth

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Latitude: 50.7824 / 50°46'56"N

Longitude: -1.0787 / 1°4'43"W

OS Eastings: 465047

OS Northings: 98499

OS Grid: SZ650984

Mapcode National: GBR VT0.D5

Mapcode Global: FRA 87M0.X55

Plus Code: 9C2WQWJC+XG

Entry Name: Church of St Simon

Listing Date: 25 September 1972

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1387268

English Heritage Legacy ID: 475200

Location: Eastney and Craneswater, Portsmouth, PO5

County: Portsmouth

Electoral Ward/Division: Eastney and Craneswater

Built-Up Area: Portsmouth

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Southsea St Simon

Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth

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SZ6598 WAVERLEY ROAD, Southsea
774-1/16/432 (East side)
25/09/72 Church of St Simon


Church. 1864-66. By Thomas Helyer of Ryde. Yellow brick in
Flemish bond with red brick bands and dressings. Steep pitched
Welsh slate roofs, red clay ridge tiles.
STYLE: Neo Early Decorated.
PLAN: 5-bay aisled nave, 2-bay chancel with polygonal apse,
organ loft on south with choir and clergy vestries on north,
south-west entrance porch.
EXTERIOR: south face: to left is a porch with splayed corner.
Boarded door recessed behind stone cusped head and set under
pointed yellow gauged brick arch with intermediate red bricks.
Brick dentilled eaves and slated lean-to roof. On left within
splayed face is a stone 2-light geometrical tracery window
with gauged brick pointed arch set within facing steep stone
coped gable. To right the aisle has four 3-light stone
reticulated tracery windows, each light with lancet head,
sexfoil pane over centre light set under gauged brick pointed
arch. Red brick band at springing level and blow stone sills.
Flanking brick stepped buttresses. On right is a narrow
recessed stone lancet window set under gauged brick pointed
arch. Further right is a low projecting porch with boarded
door set under gauged brick pointed arch. Facing stone coped
gable. On far right is the organ loft projecting from chancel
with facing stone coped gable. 2 recessed stone cusped lancet
windows with stepped brick jambs and head. Nave has 6 paired
2-light reticulated tracery clerestory windows, each set under
gauged brick pointed arch.
East face: polygonal apse to chancel has 5 tall 2-light
traceried stone windows each set under gauged brick pointed
arch. Each side of apse is a 2-light stone traceried window.
North face: similar to south face except no porch and at east
end is a flat roofed vestry and boiler house. West face of
nave has diagonal stepped buttress to each corner and 2 taller
central buttresses each terminating with a pedimental stone
cop. Facing stone coped gable at centre between buttresses is
a low lean-to roofed porch with 3 small recessed stone cusped
headed windows each set under a flat stone arch. To left and
right are 3 narrow stone lancet headed windows, each set under
gauged brick pointed arch. Centre of nave at high level is a
tall 3-light with flanking 2-light reticulated stone windows,
each set under a gauged brick pointed arch.

INTERIOR: north and south arcades to aisles have stone columns
supporting stepped red and yellow brick pointed arches, each
with brick roll moulded and label. Set within the arcade
spandrels are circular panels in red and yellow brick
inscribed with the Beatitudes. Clerestory windows set under
patterned yellow and red brick pointed arches. Nave has queen
post roof with diagonal boarded ceiling to rafter soffits, and
aisles have lean-to boarded ceilings. Boarded ceiling to
chancel. Full height chancel arch with red and yellow brick
pointed arch springing from brick piers, each with 3 tier slim
stone column set within recessed corner of brickwork. North
and south arcade to chancel, each with central stone column
with flanking brick pilasters. 2 brick pointed arches lead to
organ loft at south and vestries to north. Over each opening
is a small 5-bay open clerestory, each with pointed brick arch
springing from paired stone short columns with abacus. Below
each of the 5 apsidal windows is a recessed panel with
patterned tiled mural; centre 3 panels have pointed heads and
contain texts. 2 bays at west end have inserted late C20
partition to form church centre. Chancel has stained glass
(Balfour A: Portsmouth: Highgate Hill, London: 1970-: 55;
Lloyd DW: Buildings of Portsmouth and its Environs:
Portsmouth: 1974-: 127; The Buildings of England: Pevsner N &
Lloyd DW: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight: Harmondsworth:
1967-: 443; Offord J: Churches, Chapels and Places of Worship
on Portsea Island: 1989-: 73, 74, 75).

Listing NGR: SZ6425599150

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