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A unique church, designed by John Francis Bentley (1839-1902), architect of the RC Westminster cathedral. A very simple but evocative building of 1897, it is extremely wide for a two-cell church. Bentley was used to designing for the RC liturgy and may have tried slightly too hard when working on this Anglican commission - creating in effect an eighteenth century preaching box in a gothic/arts and crafts type structure. It is possible he didn't fully appreciate what was required and the result is a real oddity - but lovely nonetheless. The panelled walls give the impression of being in a banking hall (Bentley hated brass plaques in churches) with the only real splash of colour coming from the outstanding east window of the Crucifixion.
1851 Census Details
Seating Capacity: Not built
Morning Attendance: Not built
Afternoon Attendance: Not built
Evening Attendance: Not built
Original Build Date/Architect: Bentley 1897
Second Restoration: -
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