Church Of St Simon

30 Jan 2001
Church Of St Simon, Waverley Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO5 3DJ
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


SZ6598 WAVERLEY ROAD, Southsea 774-1/16/432 (East side) 25/09/72 Church of St Simon


Church. 1864-66. By Thomas Helyer of Ryde. Yellow brick in Flemish bond with red brick bands and dressings. Steep pitched Welsh slate roofs, red clay ridge tiles. STYLE: Neo Early Decorated. PLAN: 5-bay aisled nave, 2-bay chancel with polygonal apse, organ loft on south with choir and clergy vestries on north, south-west entrance porch. EXTERIOR: south face: to left is a porch with splayed corner.

Boarded door recessed behind stone cusped head and set under pointed yellow gauged brick arch with intermediate red bricks.

Brick dentilled eaves and slated lean-to roof. On left within splayed face is a stone 2-light geometrical tracery window with gauged brick pointed arch set within facing steep stone coped gable. To right the aisle has four 3-light stone reticulated tracery windows, each light with lancet head, sexfoil pane over centre light set under gauged brick pointed arch. Red brick band at springing level and blow stone sills.

Flanking brick stepped buttresses. On right is a narrow recessed stone lancet window set under gauged brick pointed arch. Further right is a low projecting porch with boarded door set under gauged brick pointed arch. Facing stone coped gable. On far right is the organ loft projecting from chancel with facing stone coped gable. 2 recessed stone cusped lancet windows with stepped brick jambs and head. Nave has 6 paired 2-light reticulated tracery clerestory windows, each set under gauged brick pointed arch. East face: polygonal apse to chancel has 5 tall 2-light traceried stone windows each set under gauged brick pointed arch. Each side of apse is a 2-light stone traceried window.

North face: similar to south face except no porch and at east end is a flat roofed vestry and boiler house. West face of nave has diagonal stepped buttress to each corner and 2 taller central buttresses each terminating with a pedimental stone cop. Facing stone coped gable at centre between buttresses is a low lean-to roofed porch with 3 small recessed stone cusped headed windows each set under a flat stone arch. To left and right are 3 narrow stone lancet headed windows, each set under gauged brick pointed arch. Centre of nave at high level is a tall 3-light with flanking 2-light reticulated stone windows, each set under a gauged brick pointed arch.

INTERIOR: north and south arcades to aisles have stone columns supporting stepped red and yellow brick pointed arches, each with brick roll moulded and label. Set within the arcade spandrels are circular panels in red and yellow brick inscribed with the Beatitudes. Clerestory windows set under patterned yellow and red brick pointed arches. Nave has queen post roof with diagonal boarded ceiling to rafter soffits, and aisles have lean-to boarded ceilings. Boarded ceiling to chancel. Full height chancel arch with red and yellow brick pointed arch springing from brick piers, each with 3 tier slim stone column set within recessed corner of brickwork. North and south arcade to chancel, each with central stone column with flanking brick pilasters. 2 brick pointed arches lead to organ loft at south and vestries to north. Over each opening is a small 5-bay open clerestory, each with pointed brick arch springing from paired stone short columns with abacus. Below each of the 5 apsidal windows is a recessed panel with patterned tiled mural; centre 3 panels have pointed heads and contain texts. 2 bays at west end have inserted late C20 partition to form church centre. Chancel has stained glass windows. (Balfour A: Portsmouth: Highgate Hill, London: 1970-: 55; 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: 1967-: 443; Offord J: Churches, Chapels and Places of Worship on Portsea Island: 1989-: 73, 74, 75).

Listing NGR: SZ6425599150


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0107 IOE Records taken by Mark Bardell; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Mark Bardell. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

People & Organisations

Photographer: Bardell2, Mark

Rights Holder: Bardell2, Mark


Brick, Stone, Tile, Welsh Slate, Victorian Church, Religious Ritual And Funerary, Place Of Worship