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Whitehaven – St Gregory and St Patrick

Quay Street, Whitehaven

Simple  late  nineteenth  century  mission-style  church,  part  of  the  Benedictine mission to mainly Irish labourers.

Part of the Benedictine mission in West Cumberland. Downside Abbey, Ampleforth and Douai established parishes at Whitehaven, Cleator and Workington, with many smaller parishes hiving off from them. All this was to cope with the influx brought about by the Irish potato famine and the demand for labour in the pits and mines of West Cumberland.

The first church of St Gregory, Whitehaven was built in 1834 on land given by Lord Lonsdale. This later became a school. The present church was built in 1889 as a dual purpose school and chapel. The foundation stone was laid by Rt Revd Dr Wilkinson, Bishop of the Diocese (then Hexham and Newcastle).

Built in the same simple mission house style of the church at Frizington – lancet windows, rendered walls, slate roof. Canted east end. Interior not inspected.

Heritage Details

Architect: Unknown

Original Date: 1889

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: Not Listed