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Blackburn – Good Shepherd

Northfield Road/Earl Street, Blackburn BB1

A plain building of the 1970s, built as a chapel-of-ease to St Albans.

The church was built as a chapel-of-ease to St Albans (qv), from designs by Campbell & Driver of Richmond Terrace, Blackburn.  It was built on a sloping site, and was designed to be built in three phases: church, community room and presbytery. The first phase (church, designed to seat 250) was completed in April 1967 at a cost of £32,500. The parish hall was added slightly later, infilling the structural frame below the sanctuary end of the church. The church was blessed and opened on 6 December 1968 by Bishop Holland.  The projected presbytery (presumably anticipating a future separate parish) was not built, and the church continues to be served from St Albans. It was consecrated in 1994.


The church is built on a sloping site, with a slightly later parish hall underneath. It is of portal framed construction, clad in yellow (nave) and purple (sanctuary) brick. It is on a tapered plan, with raised copper-clad roof to the sanctuary, which is top lit with clerestory glazing. The nave roof is clad in slate.  There is a large cross on the windowless gable end of the sanctuary.  Inside, the tapering internal space is plain, with the hidden clerestory providing dramatic top lighting to the sanctuary area.

Heritage Details

Architect: Campbell & Driver

Original Date: 1967

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed