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Carlisle – St Margaret Mary

Scalegate Road, Carlisle CA2 4JX

Gently modern post-war reinterpretation of early Christian Basilican style.

According to a stone outside the entrance, Bishop Edward Flynn opened the church in 1961.

Similarities with St Bede, Carlisle (early Christian/Basilican style, full width arcaded narthex, semi-circular apse, off-centre tower, here at the ritual east end) lead one to suspect that this is another of Wilfred Mangan’s churches. If so, it suggests a move away from traditional styles towards more contemporary forms.

The church is built of red brick, with a pitched slate roof and a rectangular, single- volume nave. The sanctuary is apsidal, its junction with the nave marked by a round- headed arch. The building is lit by windows at clerestory level. There is a circular stained glass window over the narthex.

The interior is plain, with exposed brick walls in the nave and yellow-and-white painted walls in the sanctuary.

Heritage Details

Architect: Not established, possibly Wilfred Mangan

Original Date: 1962

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: Not Listed