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Havant – St Thomas of Canterbury and St Thomas More

New Brighton Road, Emsworth, Hants

A plain post-war design, lent some richness by stained glass. 

Mass was not said regularly at Emsworth until 1950, when Canon Scantlebury arrived at Havant. The British Legion Hall was used until work began on the present church in May 1959. The price quoted for the work was £8,000, but the finished cost, including fittings, was just over £10,000. The church was built on land donated by Stacey and June Gare. The builder was L. Payne, brother of the then organist at Portsmouth Catholic cathedral.


A plain rectangle, the exterior with a red brick skin below a pitched corrugated roof. The north and south sides tall tripartite bands of glazing with staggered horizontals and set in recessed, white painted surrounds, and above this a continuous clerestorey. Above the projecting hood of the wide west entrance is a large clear glass window with a similar glazing pattern to the sides. The east end is windowless.

The interior is a large single space side-lit by modern stained glass windows. At the west end is a two-storey lobby subdivided from the church by a brick and glass partition, and lit by 1950s metal casement windows. At the east end is a small, recessed sanctuary, simply furnished with a forward altar and a crucifix on the east wall.

Entry amended by AHP 23.12.2020

Heritage Details

Architect: L. Payne (builder)

Original Date: 1959

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed