Church House, 17 Talbot Road, Blackpool FY1 1LB
The earliest and the most architecturally ambitious Catholic church in Blackpool. Built by E. W. Pugin at the expense of Miss Tempest of Broughton Hall, and originally served by the Society of Jesus. Its most striking and original feature is the large octagon, added by Peter Paul Pugin in the late nineteenth century.
The church was built in 1854 at the expense of Miss Monica Tempest of Broughton Hall, near Skipton, who stipulated that the church should be served by the Society of Jesus. The foundation stone was laid on 7 June 1856 by the Rt Rev Dr Goss, Bishop of Liverpool. The architect was Edward Welby Pugin, son of
A. W. N. Pugin. The original church quickly became too small for the ever-increasing number of worshippers, and in 1890 was extended under the direction of Peter Paul Pugin, younger brother of Edward.
Please refer to the list entry, below. Additional points:
1857, by E.W. Pugin, enlarged 1894 by Pugin and Pugin. Decorated Gothic. Stone, with slate roofs. West tower of 4 stages, angled buttresses and battlemented coping with tall corner pinnacles. Nave of 4 bays, with buttressed aisles, and nave transepts; octagonal crossing also with transepts, and octagonal lantern to the crossing. Aisle windows of 3 lights. Nave transepts have 4-light window with geometrical tracery, octagon transepts have large 6-light window with reticulated tracery and a 3-light gable eye with archivolt. Octagonal crossing has pyramidal roof bearing a distinctive octagonal wooden lantern with a pair of traceried windows in each side, and a pyramidal copper roof with gablets on alternate sides. Interior: nave arcade of moulded lancet arches on clustered marble columns. The unusual crossing is formed by an octagonal arcade of moulded arches on shafted piers; lantern above is carried on two tiers of hammerbeams in the angles, the upper tier supporting an unglazed prolongation of the wooden lantern above. Chancel has arched ceiling with painted and carved panels and large skylights, and a coved cornice with carvings of angels; chancel window of 5 lights with flowing tracery; elaborate carved reredos. A lady chapel in the salient each side of the chancel. Octagonal pulpit of elaborately carved white marble on a pedestal of short columns, alternately black and red.
Architect: E. W. Pugin and P. P. Pugin
Original Date: 1857
Conservation Area: Yes
Listed Grade: Grade II*