Aylesbury - Our Lady of Lourdes

Cambourne Avenue, Bedgrove, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

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1960s church of portal frame construction, built to serve a new housing estate. The building has a polygonal plan, and is a is a representative but unremarkable example of the post-Vatican II move away from the traditional longitudinal plan.

The church was built to serve the large housing estate of Bedgrove, to the southwest of Aylesbury town centre. The site was bought for £9000 in 1966, and construction began in 1968. It was opened and blessed on July 9 1969. According to Mr Butler at Long Crendon church, Our Lady’s was built by Crendon Concrete, who also built the church at Long Crendon. Both buildings are of portal frame construction. Initially the church  was  served  from  St  Joseph’s  in  Aylesbury  town  centre,  but  by  1970  had become a parish in its own right, with a house acquired in nearby Pevensey Close to serve as the presbytery. The church was consecrated on 8 July 1994.

The church is of polygonal plan and concrete portal frame construction. The walls are externally clad with brick, with a continuous clerestory running around the main space. Lower appendages at the entrance comprise a lobby and chapel.

Diocese: Northampton

Architect: Not established; builders Crendon Concrete

Original Date: 1968

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not listed