Listed Buildings -> Christ Church

(Information originally supplied by Wrexham County Borough Council Planning Office dated 18/10/96)

Christ Church   Grade II

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Location: Rossett   Street: Chester Road   Side of Street: NW

Located to the north of the B5102 Chester Road as it turns south towards the Alyn Bridge. Reached by a Lych gate with carved bargeboards and an inscription dated 1899.


Designed by Douglas and Fordham of Chester in 1886 and constructed in 1891-2. Replaces an earlier Gothic Revival church of 1841 in Early English style the font of which is now to be found in the graveyard, and the curtilage walls of which still define the site. Altered in 1876. Parish formed 1840. New church built for a cost of ?3,677 6s 1d (?3,677.30p) with ?2861 0s 10d (?2861.04p) raised from the public. Major donor to the new church was John Townsend of Trevalyn House (now Hospital).


Free Gothic Revival style largely re-interpreting Perpendicular with Douglas and Fordham's own characteristics. Constructed of deeply dressed stone laid in irregular courses, the first three courses of larger grey stone acting as a plinth. Built to a cruciform plan with a long nave and north aisle of five bays, short high chancel and transepts. Square tower to crossing. Green slate roof. Windows to the north aisle are square headed with no drip stone or hood mould and key-hole tracery as on east face of south transept. Angle-stepped buttresses to the tower are built flush from the east and west face so as to continue wall-plane north and south. Buttresses to east end wall are similarly flush with the wall-plane and project north and south to echo those of the tower. Original rain-water goods bear dates of completion i.e. 1892. Three-light louvred openings to tower, crenellated parapets with crocket finials. Clock to east face of tower bears dedication to 'ER' and dated '1902'. Attached stair-turret to angle of south nave wall and south transept. East window of seven lights. Single storey entrance porch to the south with carvings of Christ the Shepherd in sculpture niche above arch. Stained glass to east and west windows.


South transept is vestry, north aisle opens into transept to become small chapel. Choir is forward of the chancel and situated under the crossing with reredos, stalls, and all pews designed by Douglas. Stained glass by Heaton, Butler and Bayne of late 1920's to north transept, by Kempe in the east window 1905 and by Morris and Co, to the chancel of 1907. Organ by Douglas.

Listed Description

Listed as a good example of a late Gothic Revival church designed in an inventive manner by Douglas and Fordham.