Drawwell Lane, Wem, Shropshire SY4
A simple structure of the early 1990s.
In the years immediately following World War II Wem’s small band of Catholics met to worship in pubs, restaurants and the Polish camp outside the town. The donation by the Evans family of a plot of ground close to the town centre allowed for the building of a church in 1962. This flat-roofed building by Middlesex Prefabricated Buildings Ltd was replaced in 1991 with the building seen today. This was designed as a multi-purpose church and hall. Its architect, the Wem-based John Greenough, was (and remains) a member of the congregation, as do the original builders. The church is served from Ellesmere.
Set upon a raised dais, the Grinshill stone altar is top-lit by a pair of rooflights. There are no other fittings or furnishings which particularly merit comment.
This is a brick-built church with a pitched roof covered with machine made tiles. The red brick elevations are enlivened by blue brick dressings. In its plan form the body of the church is rectangular with its corners chamfered. It is entered at its north end through a ‘narthex’ bounded on either side by a kitchen and storage area. A western range houses WCs, disabled WCs and the sacristy. Lit by almost square windows along the sides, the church is simply furnished with upholstered chairs and a red centre aisle carpet. At the liturgical east end the sanctuary has a fitted red carpet and is defined by wooden panelling and screens to east and west which can be unfolded to close off the space entirely. Designed to serve as a church and also as a community hall, on those occasions when it is used as a community hall the screen is pulled across, the red aisle carpet rolled up and the chairs moved.
Architect: John Greenough
Original Date: 1991
Conservation Area: Yes
Listed Grade: Not Listed