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Whitehaven – St Benedict

Whinlatter Road, Mirehouse, Whitehaven CA28 8BN

An interesting modern design of the 1970s.

The church was built in 1975 on a new site to serve a modern suburb of Whitehaven. Its architect was C. W. Cassidy of the Ashton Partnership. The church is built into a steeply sloping site, with a parish room incorporated in the lower level. 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) northeast 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 the Stations of the Cross are worked in steel as a continuous frieze, by local artist Ray Schofield.

Heritage Details

Architect: Ashton Partnership

Original Date: 1975

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed