Churchill Road, Earls Barton, Northants
A utilitarian design of the late 1960s.
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 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 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).
Architect: Probably none
Original Date: 1968
Conservation Area: No
Listed Grade: Not Listed