St Mary's Church, Crewe

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St Mary's Church, Crewe
St Mary's Church, Crewe, from the southeast
St Mary's Church, Crewe is located in Cheshire
St Mary's Church, Crewe
St Mary's Church, Crewe
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°05′52″N 2°26′48″W / 53.0978°N 2.4468°W / 53.0978; -2.4468
OS grid reference SJ 702 557
Location St Mary's Street, Crewe, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website St Mary, Crewe
Architecture
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 14 June 1984
Architect(s) Pugin and Pugin
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1890
Completed 1891
Specifications
Materials Brick with sandstone dressings
Slate roof
Administration
Diocese Shrewsbury
Clergy
Priest(s) Fr Jerome Fagan

St Mary's Church, Crewe, is in St Mary's Street, Crewe, Cheshire, England. It is an active Roman Catholic parish church in the diocese of Shrewsbury.[1] The church is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building.[2]

History[edit]

The church was built between 1890 and 1891, the tower being completed at a later date. The architects were Pugin and Pugin.[3]

Architecture[edit]

Exterior[edit]

St Mary's is constructed in red brick with red sandstone dressings,[3] and a slate roof.[2] Its architectural style is Decorated.[3] The plan consists of a five-bay nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles, a chancel with an apse, and a southwest tower. The tower has angle buttresses, and a pyramidal roof with lucarnes. In the bottom stage are windows with Geometrical tracery, in the stage above are niches containing statues and flanked by lancet windows, and above these are paired lancets. The top stage contains louvred bell openings. The chancel and the gable of the nave contain windows with Geometrical tracery, the windows along the sides of the aisles have Perpendicular tracery, and the clerestory windows are paired quatrefoils.[2]

Interior[edit]

Inside the church the arcades are carried on octagonal piers. The stone reredos has much gilding and is decorated with Gothic motifs. The baldacchino is supported by marble shafts. The main altar is flanked by side altars, and there are more altars at the east ends of the aisles. These are all separated from the nave by a marble communion rail.[2] The organ dates from 1897 and was built by Gray and Davison.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Pastoral Areas, Diocese of Shrewsbury, retrieved 26 February 2012 
  2. ^ a b c d English Heritage, "Church of St Mary, Cheshire East (1136221)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 311, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6 
  4. ^ Cheshire, Crewe, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception (D08276), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 26 February 2012 

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