Plymouth - Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Teresa

Stott Close, Pike Road, Efford, Plymouth, Devon

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 Church and former convent buildings, not of special architectural or historical interest.

The church and attached convent buildings were built between the wars for a community of Carmelite sisters. When they went away, the Bishop invited the Redemptorists to take over the parish in 1964. The congregation is now served from Christ the King,Plymouth. The former convent buildings house the Jeremiah centre, which organises conferences and retreats.  

As at Sclerder, there are two naves at right angles to one another, one for the laity and one (originally) for the sisters. It is the nave for the laity that one sees on the approach to the church. This is of painted pebbledash construction over masonry or blockwork, with a slate roof. There is a lean-to porch at the west end and a projecting Lady chapel with a circular window on the south side. Against this is a modern flat-roofed building connecting the church with the buildings of the Jeremiah centre. The former nuns’ nave is orientated north-south, and there is an external glazed covered way/cloister and garden alongside its western flank (photo bottom right).

 

The interior of each nave consists of a single space under king post roofs. There is modern painted glass in the east and west windows of the main nave, and a Lady Chapel gives off the south side. A folding partition separates the former nuns’ nave from the sanctuary, which can be opened up when this area is required for overspill seating. There are no furnishings of particular note.

Diocese: Plymouth

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not listed