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).

Stifford Clays – St Peter

A functional concrete-framed building of the 1950s, with no architectural pretensions.A Mass centre served from Grays... Read More

Stock – Our Lady and St Joseph

A former school with attached schoolmaster’s accommodation, built from designs by Peter Paul Pugin in the 1890s at... Read More

Stratford – St Francis of Assisi

Stratford is one of the older Catholic missions in the diocese, having been established by 1770. The present church was... Read More

Thaxted – The English Martyrs

A post-war prefabricated structure, not of architectural or historic significance. The church occupies a fairly large... Read More

Thorpe Bay – St Gregory

A modest chapel built in the 1920s in connection with the adjacent former convent.The church was built as the chapel... Read More

Tilbury – Our Lady Star of the Sea

A substantial, functional Gothic church built to serve the workers of Tilbury Docks. The interior has been redecorated... Read More

Tiptree – St John Houghton

A self-build project of the late 1970s, directed by an architect and retired builder.The construction of the church... Read More

Upminster – St Joseph

A late Gothic Revival church of 1939, with a plain interior. It retains most of the original furnishings in the... Read More

Upton Park – Our Lady of Compassion

An early-twentieth-century church by Robert Leabon Curtis in the Italian Romanesque style, with external and internal... Read More

Waltham Abbey – St Thomas More and St Edward

A utilitarian design, built in the 1970s as a Methodist church.The first church in Sewardstone Road opened in 1951,... Read More

Walthamstow – Our Lady and St George

A large new church, built in 1995-6 after its predecessor burnt down. The interior is a successful compromise between... Read More

Walthamstow – Our Lady of the Rosary

A church of the so-called ‘Ellis box’ type funded by Miss Frances Ellis and generally built in South London. Built... Read More

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