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R C Church of St Joseph

A Grade II Listed Building in Castle (Castell), Swansea

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6326 / 51°37'57"N

Longitude: -3.9438 / 3°56'37"W

OS Eastings: 265568

OS Northings: 194428

OS Grid: SS655944

Mapcode National: GBR WRX.QZ

Mapcode Global: VH4K9.L7GB

Plus Code: 9C3RJ3M4+2F

Entry Name: R C Church of St Joseph

Listing Date: 30 March 1987

Last Amended: 30 March 1987

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 11571

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Tall church building overlooking valley with St John’s Church, Hafod, opposite, long flank to street.

County: Swansea

Town: Swansea

Community: Castle (Castell)

Community: Castle

Locality: Greenhill

Built-Up Area: Swansea

Traditional County: Glamorgan

Tagged with: Cathedral

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History

1886-8. Designed by Pugin and Pugin, architects of London (cost £10,000).

Exterior

Plan form of apsidal chancel flanked by side chapels, 7-bay aisled nave with W chapel and baptistry, NW polygonal tower with spire, twin W porches. Decorated style.

Coursed bull-nosed masonry. Bath stone dressings, red Dumfries stone to nave piers and responds. Modern pantile roof. W front with finial to gable parapet, small arched opening over 4-light Geometric traceried window, flanking buttresses, lancets to NW turret with openwork timber-bellcote and spirelet; twin pointed doorways with traceried tympana to W porches, figure of St Joseph in tabernacle.

Buttressed clerestory with 3-light traceried windows and to outer gable of SW baptistry; triple lancets to buttressed aisles; openwork finials to angles of E nave gable. E end with lower traceried clerestory and 3 light E window under corbelled gable with finial. Wheel window and headstops to overlapping chapel at SE side.

Enclosed churchyard with tall Celtic Cross War Memorial (1919) at W end. Presbytery joined to E end.

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