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City of Portsmouth (Unitary Authority)
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SU 66860 06555



SU60NE LONDON ROAD, Portsdown 774-1/2/291 (East side) 25/09/72 Christ Church (Formerly Listed as: LONDON ROAD, Widley Christ Church, Portsdown)


Church. 1874. By J Colson. Flint with stone dressings. Plain tiled roofs. STYLE: Neo-Norman. PLAN: 4-bay aisled nave, 1-bay chancel with apsidal end, north organ loft and south vestry and chapel. South-west tower and entrance porch. EXTERIOR: tower: 3 stages with clasping pilaster buttresses, stone coped plinth. West face: 1st stage, at centre is a 2-leaf round-headed boarded door with ornate iron strap hinges set under round stone arch with zig-zag ornament, banded hoodmould, rusticated stone jambs and flanking colonnettes. 2nd stage, shallow clasping pilasters. Small narrow splayed stone round-headed window with diamond pattern leaded lights and plain glass, oculus above and stone band. 3rd stage, 2 narrow splayed stone openings with round arch each with horizontal louvres. Stone hoodmould and band. Stone parapet and coping. South face is similar to west except 1st stage which has 2 narrow round-headed windows. North and east faces have similar 3rd stage louvred windows. To left of tower the nave west face has 2 long narrow windows each set under stone round arch with rusticated jambs. Clasping buttress at north corner. At high level is an oculus with plain stone surround. Facing gable and stone finial. To left of nave the recessed face of the north aisle has a 2-light stone window, each light set under a round stone arch with round stone relieving arch over the pair. To right corner at abutment with nave is a stone porch with round-headed boarded door. South face of aisle has 4 paired stone round-headed windows with rusticated jambs. Flanking pilaster buttresses. Chancel with lower roof has similar but shorter paired window. Apse at east face has 3 wide round-headed stone windows, short flanking pilaster buttresses with stone weathered caps. Stone parapet. To left of apse (south) the vestry and chapel has boarded entrance door set under round stone arch with rusticated jambs. Adjacent to doorway stone steps lead to boiler room. To right of apse (north) is a similar doorway.

INTERIOR: nave arcades with stone columns, 'Norman' capitals and moulded stone round arches. Nave and chancel have boarded ceilings with timber trussed rafter roofs. Aisles have scissor braced roofs with boarded ceilings. The east windows have stained glass, aisle windows stained glass by Mr Farrer Bell (c1952-61) commemorating various local figures. The two west windows have D-Day (2nd World War) memorial stained glass by Reginald Bell (c1948). (Lloyd DW: Buildings of Portsmouth and its Environs: Portsmouth: 1974-: 127; The Buildings of England: Pevsner N & Lloyd DW: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight: Harmondsworth: 1973-: 468).

Listing NGR: SU6610802158

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 27 October 2017.


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Lloyd, D W , Buildings of Portsmouth and its Environs, (1974), 127
Pevsner, N, Lloyd, D, The Buildings of England: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, (1973), 468
War Memorials Online, accessed 27 October 2017 from


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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