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Church of St. Mark, Salisbury

Church of St. Mark, Salisbury Date Photo Taken 2003
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During the late 19th century the city was expanding northwards and there was a need for a new church in this area. In 1899 the district chapelry of St. Mark was formed out of the northern part of St. Martin's parish. Temporary churches had been built in Gigant Street (1880) and Wyndham Park (1882) but in 1892 the building of a permanent church at the junction of St. Mark's Avenue and London Road began. The architect was J.A. Reeve and by 1894 the first phrase, consisting of the chancel, Lady chapel, transepts and one bay of the nave, was opened. The church was consecrated in 1899. In 1914 work began on finishing the nave which was completed in 1915. After the First World War a chapel was built on the northern side as a war memorial and in 1922 the south porch was added. It was decided not to build the planned tower but despite this the church appears fairly massive in rustic finish stonework in the Perpendicular style. The parish registers from 1899, other than those in current use, are held in the Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office.

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