At first glance this brick built church sitting on the edge of a busy traffic roundabout in Norris Green looks a little lost. It is hardly surprising out of the tens of thousands of cars that pass every day none find it worth stopping.
On closer inspection however a pleasant surprise awaits.
It is Grade II* listing a higher ranking in listing terms than many buildings held in the highest architectural regard within the City Centre.
The Architect was Bernard A. Miller B.Arch., A.R.I.B.A who trained at the Liverpool School of Architecture.
The Church follows the traditional cruciform plan but was said in various articles at its time of build to be highly original. I am not sure how much of this was down to cost or a new radical approach required in 1933.
The architect Robert Atkinson had successfully employed the use of a steel frame as early as 1924 at St Catherine’s in Acton who experimented along with a stock brick carcass.
This form does not create a true parabola as the crown is curved and the sides faceted which aid the acoustics.
No provision is made for processions; this is thought to be in the Protestant ideal.
External elevations show windows are metal casements some stone dressings but predominantly the church is built of Reading brick.
From the eye of a carpenter the attention to detail is subtle but evident in its simplicity. The use of laminated ply and stainless steel. The Altar is modelled in Keene’s cement and fibrous plaster, with a Hopton wood stone base. The centre panel of the Raredos was a violet blue. The Alter cross is of stainless steel with an emerald green mounting. This was a radical and entertaining colour palette for the time.
The side chapel is dramatically placed below the level of the main floor and was originally painted in violet blue.