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Nunthorpe – St Bernadette

Gypsy Lane, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough TS7

The original building was a cheap, functional church-cum-hall of 1963 by F.B. Swainston. Thirty years on it was worn out and in much need of refreshment. This has been carried out effectively, but the building is not of architectural significance.

Built in 1963 to serve the needs of Catholics in a large new middle-class housing area on the outskirts of Middlesbrough, this is a long, broad, brown- and red-brick building which began as a church-cum-hall. The worship area is at the southeast (geographic) end with two-storey community/social facilities at the other. The central part of the main fa├žade facing the car park is a recent replacement and has pairs of broad lancet windows either side of a shallow projection. The building has a shallow hipped roof, covered with artificial slates.

The interior retains a broad, flat ceiling and has plastered, whitened walls. The furnishings have all been introduced over the past ten years to improve the quality of the building. The chancel fittings reuse Gothic Revival work imported from elsewhere. The etched glass in the (liturgical) north windows depicts Bl. Nicholas Postgate, St Margaret Clitherow, St John Fisher, and St Hilda: it was made locally in Stockton-on-Tees.

Heritage Details

Architect: F. B. Swainston

Original Date: 1963

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed