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Womborne – St Bernadette

Rennison Drive, Wombourne, Staffordshire WV5

A functional hall-church building of 1961, built to serve an expanding commuter village. 

From 8 June 1952 Wombourne was served by priests from St Michael’s, Penn (qv), with Mass being said at the British Legion Hall on Maypole Street. From about 1960 the population expanded as the area became a dormitory settlement for Wolverhampton and the Black Country. A piece of land was acquired from a Catholic builder, W. Whittington, who erected a church at cost, which was opened in 1961. The architect was Charles V. Mason of Mason & Richards of Wolverhampton. Since then Wombourne has been a separate parish but is now served once more from St Michael’s, Penn.

This is a simple, functional, rectangular building seating about 250 people. At the entrance there is a narthex within the main shell of the building. It is roofed with concrete tiles and there is a small copper-covered spirelet. The church has a portal frame of laminated timber trusses. The spaces between the trusses are filled with dark brown brick and large areas of glass: three bays on the north are filled with textured white glass. The fittings and furnishings do not require special mention.

Heritage Details

Architect: Mason & Richards

Original Date: 1961

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed