Droitwich RC Church

 

Roman Catholic: Sacred Heart and St Catherine


Built in brick, in 1919/21, in the style of an early Christian basilica. The design for this church is based on the Basilicas of Ravenna in Italy. It replaced a much smaller building of 1909 on the same site. The architect was F Barry Peacock FRIBA. Sacred Heart is especially well known for its mosaics which cover every wall space above dado level. They were designed by Gabriel Joseph Pippet and the work was executed by mosaic experts Maurice Josey and Fred Oates in a continuous 10 year period from 1922.

The church website has an excellent section on the history and architecture of the church and Catholicism in Droitwich, together with detailed information on the mosaics.  Sacred Heart is usually open during daylight hours.

 

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                                           Old images of the church shortly after construction.

                                           droitwich_old_rc_interior

                                        A  rare image of the interior of the previous RC church.

Droitwich RC Ext March 2014      Droitwich RC Int March 2014

                                         Images of Sacred Heart and St Catherine Church, March 2014.

For other recent (2014) pictures Please Click Here.          (www.flickr.com/tudorbarlow)

References:  (Details of this book are on the Bibliography Page.)
Brooks, Alan and Nikolaus Pevsner.  Buildings of England:  Worcestershire,  2007.

Websites:          Grade II* Listed Building:  Listing Details Here.  (Listed December 2013)
                           Sacred Heart and St Catherine Parish Website. 

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