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Church of St. Matthias, Hanford

Church Lane
Heritage No.
10018 A
Date Listed
04 November 1994
Building: Anglican Church of St. Matthias
Description:  Anglican church. 1862 Flemish and English bond red brick and stone dressings.

St Matthias - Hanford
St Matthias - Hanford

photo: Steve Birks - Feb 2007

Anglican church. 1862 chancel added by T. H. Rushworth; remainder rebuilt in 1868 by Charles Lynam.

Flemish and English bond red brick and stone dressings. Plain clay tile roofs with gabled ends and eaves with exposed rafter ends. High Victorian Gothic chancel added in 1862; existing church rebuilt in 1868 comprising 5-bay nave with a gallery at the west end, north and south aisles, small south west tower and south porch.

 EXTERIOR: The aisles have 1, 2 and 3-light stone lancets and the clerestory windows have 2 lights with shouldered heads. 4-light west window with plate tracery. Small brick tower on south west corner with timber lattice belfry and short pyramidal tiled spire with weathervane. Two-centred arch south doorway with plank doors with wrought iron hinges and large open timber porch with wrought iron gates. The chancel has large buttresses with weathered and gableted set-offs, continuous moulded strings which form cills and hoods to small lancets, moulded stone eaves cornice, triple lancet east window with hoodmould.

 INTERIOR: Unaltered interior with exposed brick walls and arch-braced nave roof. 5-bay north and south arcades with chamfered brick 2-centred arches on piers with blue brick shafts and moulded stone capitals. Gallery at west end with wooden lattice balustrade. Chancel has stone vaulted roof with transverse ribs and clerestory with round-arched arcade on squat colonnettes with carved capitals; chancel arch is on similar colonnettes on corbels and the east window's triple lancets have shafts and moulded arches. Furnishings intact including inlaid marble reredos, Gothic stone pulpit, choir stalls with wrought iron stanchions, benches and encaustic floor tiles.

St Matthias. 1868 by C. Lynam. Small, with a thin square sw tower accessible by an outer stair. Black brick columns and exposed red brick otherwise.
An enterprising job. The chancel, thickly ornate, is by Rushworth, 1862, and indeed more High Victorian in character than Lynam's work.

Pevsner: Buildings of England, Staffordshire

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