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IoE Number: 484970
Location: CHURCH OF ST MICHAEL, SWINLEY ROAD
  WIGAN, WIGAN, GREATER MANCHESTER
Photographer: Mr Doug McNeill
Date Photographed: 28 April 2005
Date listed: 11 July 1983
Date of last amendment: 11 July 1983
Grade II*

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WIGAN SD50NE SWINLEY ROAD 24-1/2/86 Church of St Michael 11/07/83 II* Church. 1875-8, by GE Street. Snecked sandstone rubble with quoins, graduated slate roofs (mostly green). PLAN: nave with north and south aisles, chancel with north transept and south vestry. EXTERIOR: the nave has continuous clerestory arcading with ashlar pilasters and 2-centred arches in which 7 recessed chamfered windows alternate with blank arches, and an impost band carried round to the west end; a very tall 4-light west window with moulded reveal, a plate-traceried multifoil in the head, and a hood-mould with returned ends linking by 2 downward steps to the carried-round impost band; and at the east end a massive buttressed junction wall to the chancel rising to a gabled bellcote with offsets and two 2-centred bell openings. The 5-bay aisles are broad with shallow-pitched roofs and windows of 3 stepped cusped lights with quoined surrounds: the north aisle has 3 short windows with a sillband stepped down to deeper windows in the 2 western bays; the south aisle has a gabled porch to the 1st bay with a double-chamfered 2-centred arch and gable coping with kneelers and apex cross, fenestration which otherwise matches the north aisle, and at the west end a small apse with 3 small cusped windows. The vestry, continuing the south aisle by one bay, has a 2-centred arched doorway with hood-mould linked to a run-out band, and a 3-light east window. The north transept has buttresses and a 2-light plate-traceried window. The 2-bay chancel has a pair of 2-light windows to the 2nd bay, with quatrefoils in the head and moulded reveals, and a 3-light plate-traceried east window. INTERIOR: 5-bay nave arcade of cylindrical columns with wide annular caps carrying 2-centred arches moulded in 3 orders; string course, arcaded clerestory in which deep double-chamfered window reveals alternate with blind windows; tiered queen-strut roof with 3-stage archbracing and an unusual pair of brattished through-purlins; large chancel arch now furnished with good early C20 screen in Perpendicular style; chancel with 2 wide unequal arches housing organ on north side, and 2-bay south arcade to Lady Chapel, ribbed barrel-vault wooden ceiling, carved alabaster reredos, east window reveals with statues under crocket canopies; apsidal baptistery under cusped arch at west end of south aisle; carved wooden war memorial screen at west end.

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