About the Parish

 

The church was designed by Benedict Williamson, an architect who later became a Catholic priest. It is situated on Stephendale Road and the parish house is situated on Tynemouth Street.
It is a masterpiece of light and space. Its soaring classical columns and Romanesque arches give it height and grandeur. The attention to detail is striking. The neat crenulation around each pillar is reflected in the figuration at the end of each pew, the upright strokes above each Station are reflected on the frieze running around the walls and on the altar piece behind the altar that towers to a hight

The Egyptian details reflect the fascination of the time with all things Egyptian after the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb. The Stations of the Cross are magnificent. Each is a meditation in its own right.