Building » Earls Barton – St Anselm

Earls Barton – St Anselm

Churchill Road, Earls Barton, Northants

The  church  is  a  utilitarian  design  of  the  late  1960s,  and  is  of  little architectural or historical significance.

Before the building of the present church Mass was said at people’s homes, with occasional visits from the Travelling Mission. The original site for a church was where the library now stands, acquired by Mgr Valentine Elwes in 1961. The site proved unsuitable and Fr Denis Roberts exchanged it for the present site, where the present church was opened by Bishop Grant on Friday 3 May 1968.

Many of the furnishings in the church were contributed by parishioners. The crucifix was a gift from Fr Roberts’ father, the altar from the Moon family and the organ from the Kearns family. The pews were obtained from the chapel at the USAF base at Chelveston and cut to size by a village carpenter.

The church is served from Great Billing; there is one Sunday morning Mass.

The church is a modern and utilitarian design. It consists of a single volume nave and chancel,  with  pebbledashed  exterior  under  a  concrete pantile  roof.  Black  stained boarding in the east and west gables, with a segmental arched window in the gable on the entrance front. Below and before this is a flat roofed narthex.  The interior has not been inspected (the photograph above is taken from the parish website).

Heritage Details

Architect: Not established

Original Date: 1968

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: Not Listed