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Thornaby – Christ the King

Trenchard Avenue, Stockton on Tees, North Yorkshire

A box-like post-Vatican II design, internally planned on the diagonal and with a striking window behind the sanctuary.

The church, presbytery and parish centre were built in c1970, to serve a new housing development on a former aerodrome site. The architect was J. Black of Huddersfield (CBRN 1969, 1970, 1971).


The church is oriented south-west; directions given here are liturgical unless otherwise stated.

The church is an integral part of a church/parish centre/presbytery complex and occupies its (geographic) northeast part. The whole presents a series of angular blocks with sheer walls, those to the church rising higher than the adjacent parish centre. The buildings are faced with pale beige bricks laid in stretcher bond (though the top six courses on the church are laid soldier-wise). The main worship space is square on plan except for the corner opposite the altar which is chamfered off and filled with top-to-bottom glazing (wooden frames replaced with uPVC) and a small step on the south side, again filled with glazing. The roof is flat and hidden behind a brick parapet. There is also large chapel behind the altar.

Inside the walls are faced with pale brick laid in English bond. The altar is positioned diagonally across the (geographic) southwest corner. The ceiling is flat and boarded with timber. Behind the altar is a fine semi-abstract stained glass window stretching from floor to ceiling. It has rich colours and is signed  ‘A F. PA PH’ and dated 1978: it contains the words ‘CHRISTUS REX’ and eucharistic symbols.

Amended by AHP 16.01.2021

Heritage Details

Architect: J. Black

Original Date: 1970

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed