St Paul's Church, Wordsworth Avenue - Architecture

Architecture

Spence’s design for St Paul’s is quite simple although this is not obvious at first glance. The church is basically two brick walls joined by a shallow barrel vault roof strengthened by diagonal steel bracing. The ends of the church consist almost entirely of glass with Spence integrating some the ideas he had used at St Oswald’s, Tile Hill in 1957. To the front of the church is a 15 metre high campanile consisting of just two brick walls with concrete ties in between. There is a six metre cross on top of the campanile. The church hall stands just to the north within the church grounds. The interior has a balcony reached by steps on which the organ stands. While the altar is screened to give it some privacy from the big end window by a hardwood panel made from African Teak . Spence’s personal gift for the church were the altar ornaments which are made from hammered iron.

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