Colchester (Monkwick) - St Theodore

Prince Philip Road, Monkwick, Colchester, CO2

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Autilitarian design of the 1960s, like West Mersea built as a dual - purpose church and hall. It is a chapel-of-ease, served from St James the Less, Colchester.

St Theodore of Tarsus (born 602 AD) was the seventh Archbishop of Canterbury. This little chapel-of-ease dedicated to the saint was opened in June 1964, to serve modern housing development in Monkwick, a southern suburb of Colchester. The architect was John Newton of Burles & Newton of Southend, and the builders Messrs Pudney & Sons of Colchester. The church was built to seat 150, at a cost of £8,500. The sanctuary was provided with folding screens to allow for secular use of the nave.

The church is brick-built, with a shallow pitched concrete tile roof. The south elevation facing the street is faced with square flint panels. It is lit by a fully glazed gable at the west end, clerestory lighting in the nave and by tall lancet lights in the sanctuary. There is a flat-roofed entrance lobby and a further flat-roofed structure on the north side, housing ancillary facilities. The interior has not been inspected.

Diocese: Brentwood

Architect: Burles & Newton

Original Date: 1964

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not listed