St. Mary the Virgin, Wilshaw Road, Wilshaw

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  • location: Wilshaw Road, Wilshaw
  • status: exists
  • category: church
  • architect/builder: John Kirk (1817-1886)
  • notes: the western section of the church was the Sunday School

Historic England Listing

  • first listed: 24 January 1984
  • listing entry number 1134671

WILSHAW ROAD (Wilshaw). Church of St. Mary. A church of highly eclectic design, having some German Romanesque forms, the elaborate central tower roof of French gothic type, and the windows typical of the Italian Renaissance. Built 1863 by John Kirk of Huddersfield at the expense of Joseph Hirst of Wilshaw. Hammer dressed stone.

Exterior: Pitched slate roof with round arched corbel table. Symmetrical plan with church to east and former Sunday School to west with large vestibule surmounted by large square tower with very steep pyramidal roof with lozenge slating and decorative ironwork to top. Large central porch on north side, with panelled double doors and semi-circular fanlight with turned radial glazing bars. Doorway has colonnette in reveals with foliated capitals, and moulded and decorated arch. Oculus in gable apex of porch with stone wheel in front of glass. 5-bay nave to left with round-arched 2-light windows with circle in head and three detached colonnettes to each window, which has archivolt. The one-bay chancel side windows are similar but without the circle in head. The east window is 3-light with a detached outer skin with four colonnettes and two circles, each with stone wheel. The hood mould has well carved angels as stops. The 5-bay Sunday School to right has similar detailing to the church, but more plain. Warden's house (formerly the vicarage) to west end with addition to match the chancel. The central tower has octagonal stair tower on south side with pointed lozenge slated roof and spiral stone stairs. The tower has, on each side, two tall round arched cross windows with archivolts, colonnettes in reveals and as centre mullion, circle in head, and round arched lights. Louvred lucarnes in roof of tower.

Interior: round chancel arch on clustered responds. Gallery to rear with well carved oak front with panels of different foliage patterns. Arched braced collar beam roof. Barrel vaulted chancel roof in wood. Pulpit, reading desk and organ case, all elaborately carved in oak in round arched style with foliage and spiral decorated colonnettes. Choir stall fronts equally well carved each with three wheels and musical instruments carved in spandrels. Carved oak lectern of 1902. Memorial to Joseph Hirst of 1876: a marble low relief carving of the legend of the Good Samaritan in elaborate well carved stone surround. East window by Clayton and Bell in memory of Mary, the only child of Jospeh and Eleanor Hirst, c.1863. Vestibule beneath the tower and Sunday School, quite plain.


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