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NZ 40389 56282



NZ4056 SUFFOLK STREET 920-1/14/213 (East side) 10/11/78 Church of St Ignatius (Formerly Listed as: SUFFOLK STREET (South side) Roman Catholic Church of St Ignatius the Martyr)


Parish church. 1887-9. By C Hodgson Fowler and paid for by Bishop Lightfoot, Bishop of Durham; site bought with voluntary contributions from the people of Hendon. Ashlar; roof of graduated Lakeland slate with stone gable copings and stone spire. Early English style. Chancel with N vestry and meeting room and S chapel; aisled nave with SW tower. EXTERIOR: lancet windows, 3 stepped at E, 3 to N and S chancel, paired in clerestory and aisles of 5-bay nave, with sill strings continuing around buttresses defining bays except in clerestory, and dripstring to W. 4-stage tower has double boarded door in S with elaborate hinges in surround of 3 chamfers with ball-flower-stopped dripmould; paired lancets above; on W a polygonal stair turret with lancets and stone roof, and 2 lancets above; short blank third stage; paired louvred belfry openings in arcade with many shafts and blind narrow end lancets under dripstring, recessed between shallow pilasters which rise from angle buttresses to cusped corbel table; high broach spire with louvred and gabled 2-light lucarnes. W elevation has gabled left buttress; vesica above 3 tall lancets; WWI war memorial panel and cross in low relief under coping below central lancet; door and blocked overlight in W end of N aisle similar to SW tower door. Steeply-pitched roofs, gabled to S chancel chapel and pent on aisles, have stone gable copings and cross finials. INTERIOR shows 5-bay nave arcade with double-chamfered arches on quatrefoil piers with clasping rings and moulded capitals; king post roof. Sanctuary has full-height richly-carved reredos of 1901, with crucifix and many statues including Old Testament prophets, apostles, and Northern saints, for which models were made `by Mr. Floyce, a Frenchman and executed by Roddis of Birmingham' (booklet in church); a gift from Bishop Lightfoot; made of Bath stone. Shafted chancel arch, high and moulded, with inner arch on corbels. N chancel has organ arch at W and 2 blind arches. S Lady Chapel has crocket capitals on clustered pier and on corbels of 2 arches, rich furnishings including altar by Hicks of Hicks and Charlewood, and wrought-iron screens and communion rail. 5-bay nave has door in blocked NW bay, and arch to tower in SW. Plain wrought-iron pulpit on ashlar plinth at Bishop Lightfoot's instruction. Scheme of stained glass drawn up by Rev GF Brownie, Canon of St Paul's, London and Bishop of Bristol, includes richly coloured pictures of Anglo-Saxon saints and kings in aisles, E and W windows commemorating Bishop Lightfoot, the W with scenes from his life. Foundation stone in SW porch dated 25 October 1887. The church was provided to meet the needs of one of the most crowded areas of Sunderland. (Corfe T and Milburn G: Buildings and Beliefs: Sunderland: 1984-: 15-16; Carr Alwyn: St Ignatius-Hendon-1899: Sunderland: 1966-).

Listing NGR: NZ4038956282


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Books and journals
Alwyn, C, St Ignatius Hendon 1899, (1966)
Corfe, T, Milburn, G, Buildings and Beliefs, (1984)


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 12 May 2002
Reference: IOE01/05481/21
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