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.
Original Date: 1889
Conservation Area: Yes
Listed Grade: Not Listed