SU8651 : Garrison Church of St Michael and St George

taken 9 years ago, near to Farnborough, Hampshire, Great Britain

Garrison Church of St Michael and St George
Garrison Church of St Michael and St George
Grade II listed. LinkExternal link
Cathedral Church of St Michael and St George

Cathedral Church of St Michael and St George serves as the Roman Catholic cathedral for the Bishopric of the Forces. The church was designed in 1892 by two military engineers and, because the building was originally intended as the principal church for the Anglican chaplaincies of the British Army, the foundation stone was laid by Queen Victoria. However, the church was subsequently not required for this purpose and it eventually became the seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Forces instead.
Long, red-brick and with a tall tower topped by a red-brick spire, the church is a prominent local landmark. Above the main door is a relief of Saint George standing over the slain dragon. The yellow-brick interior has broad aisles and a wide nave of five bays of Early English style arches and a debased Romanesque clerestory of two windows above each arch. The cathedral has many fine stained glass windows, of saints and Biblical scenes, by Heaton, Butler and Bayne. The ornate east end, with a rich mosaic on the reredos portraying the Last Supper, contrasts with the simplicity of the rest of the chancel, which was reordered to provide room for a free-standing plain altar. The cathedral is sometimes the venue for musical concerts.
Grade II listed. LinkExternal link

Listed Buildings and Structures

Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Sunday, 14 April, 2013   (more nearby)
Thursday, 26 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Religious sites  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 8663 5191 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:15.5868N 0:45.5924W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 8660 5195
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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