St Peter's Church Baptistry


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Reference WMO255867

Address:

Ashley Road

Hale

Altrincham

WA15 9SS

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: The west end of the nave has a large arched opening to the centre, which leads into the baptistery. Above the marble dado to the baptistery, on the north and south walls are elaborate First World War memorial marble and glass mosaic panels by Walter J Pearce of Manchester, which are arranged in a triptych formation. Each memorial has a large central panel bearing inscriptions, regimental badges, and the names of those killed, flanked by pictorial panels bordered by the names of places of battles and depictions of symbolic plants, including lilies and poppies. The two pictorial panels on the mosaic to the south wall depict a wounded First World War soldier touching the foot of a crucified Christ, and Christ blessing a Crusader knight, whilst the two panels on the north wall depict a seascape with St Peter walking on water next to a First World War British naval officer with a boat/skiff in the background, and the angel speaking to Mary Magdalene, Mary mother of James, and Salome at Christ's tomb after his resurrection, with the sun rising in the background. The uppermost section of the baptistery's north and south walls is formed of a deep terracotta frieze composed of roundels containing quatrefoils. A carved octagonal font of the same pink-veined cream coloured marble as the walls sits to the centre of the baptistery on an octagonal plinth with an inscription bearing the names of those lost during the Second World War.
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