Bank Road, Workington, CA14 3EP
A good and complete church by E W Pugin, part of the Benedictine mission to West Cumbria .
Founded from Whitehaven by the Benedictines in 1810 and still a Benedictine parish. The church replaces a chapel built in 1814 on land given by John Curwen of Workington Hall to serve the spiritual needs of Irish labourers (whom Curwen had imported to break a strike in his coal mines). The presbytery is presumably contemporary with this earlier chapel.
Built of coursed red St Bees sandstone with a Westmoreland slate roof; nave and chancel under one roof with east and west aisles, transepts and choir aisles, SW aptistery, small projecting porch on W transept, NE vestry. Main S front has double doorway, 2 tall r-light lancet windows and a steep gable with bell-cote. Side elevations have 3 small lancets in each bay of the aisles with 2 lancets in each clerestory bay. Chancel N gable with tall 5-light traceried window.
Interior has 4-bay nave arcade of pointed arches on granite columns with taller northern arches opening into transepts; clerestory bays divided by wall-shafts which support the main roof trusses. The nave and aisle roofs are boarded and painted. Chancel of 2 bays with ribbed ceiling and tall pointed chancel arch on clustered attached piers; 2-bay arcades open into side chapels which also have pointed ribbed ceilings. Baptistery has stencil wall decoration.
Fittings include original pulpit built round w shaft of chancel arch; original carved high altar, choir stalls by Thompson of Kilburn; original octagonal font with elaborate carved and painted cover; wooden benches in body of church, probably original.
Architect: EW Pugin
Original Date: 1876
Conservation Area: Yes
Listed Grade: II