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Presbytery at roman Catholic Cathedral

A Grade II Listed Building in Offa, Wrexham

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Latitude: 53.0473 / 53°2'50"N

Longitude: -2.9989 / 2°59'55"W

OS Eastings: 333135

OS Northings: 350472

OS Grid: SJ331504

Mapcode National: GBR 75.D41B

Mapcode Global: WH88Y.XN4Q

Entry Name: Presbytery at roman Catholic Cathedral

Listing Date: 31 January 1994

Last Amended: 31 January 1994

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1803

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Adjoins the R.C. Cathedral, to which it is linked by a stone covered-way.

County: Wrexham

Community: Offa

Community: Offa

Built-Up Area: Wrexham

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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Built as the presbytery to the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Mary (now the cathedral) in 1857, to designs of E. W. Pugin, and extended later in C19 with additions to rear wing.


Brick with stone dressings and slate roof. Gothic style, 2 storeys, 4 window range with advanced outer gables and doorway in angle of central range with right hand gable. Arched doorway in chamfered stone architrave beneath lean-to porch carried on chamfered and braced struts, continuing between the two gables. Plain narrow lights to ground floor of left hand wing, the upper windows paired foiled lancets. Similar paired windows in entrance range. Canted bay window with transomed lancet lights in right hand gable, and triple foiled lancets above. Upper windows throughout have pale brick relieving arches over. Both gables surmounted by cross finials. Axial and gable end stacks. Return elevation to right has paired foiled lancets on each floor, the upper windows beneath a gabled dormer, and wide advanced gable beyond, with canted bay window to ground floor, and paired lancets beneath relieving arch above. Later extension beyond this gable, in a similar style, with single lancet window and squared bay window set across the angle.


The central range of the frontage is entirely occupied by the full-height stair hall, with heavy chamfered woodstaircase and balustrade of galleried upper landing. Original layout and some detail including joinery and encaustic tiled floor to entrance hall survive.

Reasons for Listing

The presbytery forms an intergral part of the designs for the cathedral site, and is a good example of the domestic gothic style typically used for buildings with an ecclesiastical function.

Group value with Roman Catholic Cathedral.

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