The Diocese of Brentwood was founded on 20 July 1917 out of territory formerly in the Archdiocese of Westminster. It covers the county of Essex, including the unitary authorities of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea and the east London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest. It is a suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Westminster in the Province of Westminster. The cathedral is in Brentwood, and is dedicated to St Mary and St Helen. 115 churches were visited for Taking Stock (2012).

Rochford – St Teresa of the Child Jesus

The church is a functional and economical octagonal design of the 1970s. It lies behind the presbytery, a listed timber... Read More

Romford – St Edward the Confessor

A Puginian Gothic church of 1856 by Daniel Cubitt Nichols. The church was built under the patronage of William, twelfth... Read More

Saffron Walden – Our Lady of Compassion

Converted in the early years of the twentieth century from a late medieval barn. The early twentieth-century additions... Read More

Shoeburyness – St George and the English Martyrs

A large and rather utilitarian brick church of the 1930s, with a striking and original west front.A Mass centre for... Read More

Silver End – St Mary

An interesting design of the 1960s, built on a budget to allow for later extension. It is on the edge of an interwar... Read More

South Ockendon – The Holy Cross

A well-designed post-war church of traditional form by H. Bingham Towner, an established architect of Catholic... Read More

South Woodford – St Anne Line

A post-Vatican II church on an octagon-within-a-square-plan. The most significant furnishing is the statue of St Anne... Read More

Southend-on-Sea – St John Fisher

A  simple  cruciform church of  the  1960s by the local architect David Rodney Burles, externally fairly plain, but... Read More

Southend-on-Sea – The Sacred Heart

A relatively modest brick Gothic building of 1910 by local architect B.R. Parkes. The church forms a good local group... Read More

Springfield – St Augustine of Canterbury

As built in the 1980s, this small and utilitarian design is of note less for its architecture and more as an ecumenical... Read More

Stanford-le-Hope – Our Lady and St Joseph

A modern (1992) centrally-planned church replacing an earlier building destroyed by fire. The low, broad tower is... Read More

Stansted – St Theresa of Lisieux

A new church, designed to evoke the great aisled medieval barns of  Essex, reflecting its location in a sensitive... Read More

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