13 May 2021, The Tablet

Catholic architecture - the ones that got away

Catholic architecture - the ones that got away

English Martyrs, Wallasey, on the Wirral, Merseyside
Photos: Alex Ramsay


Tablet readers have come up with a list of favourite churches in England and Wales that is full of surprises and delights

Who would have thought that there is a Catholic church in Solihull full of wonderful ­modern art? Or one in Wallsend that is a glorious blend of “Modern Perpendicular Gothic, Scandinavian, Art Deco and Festival of Britain elements”? Or that another in a deprived area of Cardiff has an absolutely unique representation of the Stations of the Cross?

These architectural treasures and 25 more were submitted by Tablet readers in response to the editor’s invitation to choose a fifty-first church to add to those in my book, Fifty Catholic Churches to See Before You Die. The winning church was chosen by Sophie Andreae, an architecture historian and author who has spent her career working to protect historic buildings and promote them to the wider public.

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