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Birstall – St Theresa

Front Street, Birstall, Leicestershire LE4

A modern church dating from 1987 which provides a large and convenient worship space with a hall attached.

Mass was said in Birstall from 1938, served by the Rosminians from Ratcliffe College. A small plot of land in Weld Lane was purchased in 1939 and a simple hall/chapel erected in 1940 by Messrs Harlow Bros of Long Whatton, Leics.  This was replaced by the present building on a different site in 1988.


St Theresa’s church is a building in modern style, faced with red brick laid in stretcher bond and with roof coverings of artificial slate. The body of the church is rectangular and of one storey; the walls are punctuated by double brick buttresses, with groups of three windows in each bay on the front elevation and a blind return wall. The main church has a mansard-type roof with deep eaves and in the centre of the main front a large front porch or narthex under its own steeply-pitched roof. Attached to the right hand side of the church is an integral hall.

The interior is a large simple rectangular space with the altar in the centre of the long wall opposite the main entrance and the seating arranged fanwise. Almost all the windows are on the entrance side and the sanctuary area is lit principally by artificial light.

Heritage Details

Architect: Not established

Original Date: 1988

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed