This Crawl endeavours to highlight, in the small geographical area of Weston-super-Mare, the development of churches across the denominations resulting from the changing circumstances of the 20thC.
All Saints, All Saints Road, BS23 2NL. Arrive 12.30 for 1pm. ‘The finest church of entirely modern foundation in Somerset’ (Sir John Betjeman, Poet Laureate). Opened 1902, it is one of Royal Academician, George Bodley’s, last creations. Then to Corpus Christi, 14 Ellenborough Park South, BS23 1XW. The ‘new church’ of Corpus Christi was opened in 1929, exactly 100 years after the Catholic Emancipation Act. Catholic churches have a distinct character, in this case an Italianate appearance, internally driven largely by litur- gical function. On to Boulevard United Reformed, Waterloo Street, BS23 1LF. Built 1959 to the design of Gordon W. Jackson, this is a post war replacement of the original urban Gothic church, destroyed by bombing in the 2nd World War.
Lastly to St Paul, Walliscote Road, BA23 1EF. St Paul’s post- War rebuild was perhaps the town’s final architectural show of dominant ecclesiastical self-confidence, encompassing a variety of uses as well as showing external religiosity and is a very popular venue. Afternoon tea here – donations please.
Book with Philip Skelhorn, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 01963 220586.