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Whithaven – St Benedict

Whinlatter Road, Mirehouse, Whitehaven CA28 8BN

An interesting modern functional design of the 1970s.

The church was built on a new site to serve a modern suburb of Whitehaven.

The church is built into a steeply sloping site, with a parish room built into the basement. The upper church consists of two principal volumes of different heights, each with a monopitch roof and with a continuous clerestory between the higher and the lower roof.   The exterior is faced with white industrial brick and the roofs are covered with tiles. The window openings are mostly small, plain and randomly- spaced.  At the (liturgical) north east corner a raised bay gives light to the altar. The main entry is marked by an ornamental copper grill.

The interior walls are mostly plain plastered but the east wall is of bare brick.  The dramatic  roof  structure  is  boarded.    The  interior  fittings,  including  plain  timber benches and a slate altar, are presumably contemporary with the building.   On the North wall are the Stations of the Cross worked in steel as a continuous frieze, by local artist Ray Schofield.

Heritage Details

Architect: Ashton Partnership (CW Cassidy)

Original Date: 1975

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: Not Listed