Thursday, November 24, 2011

Good Shepherd Cathedral, Ayr, Scotland

Good Shepherd Cathedral by Mantawoman2009
Good Shepherd Cathedral, a photo by Mantawoman2009 on Flickr.
It seems being listed did not save this Catholic Cathedral from demolition.

Listing information [Grade C(S)]
Built 1955-57 to the designs of John Torry, refurbished in 1985. It became a cathedral in 1961 following the destruction of Dumfries Cathedral by fire.
Near-rectangular-plan Roman Catholic church with modernist Scandinavian. Brick. Cill band course to entrance elevation. Predominantly square-headed window openings. NE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: gabled entrance porch; round-arched entrance; 2-pairs of timber doors; fanlight; flanking single windows; single windows to re-entrant angles; stepped E window to gable (central opening round-arched); cross to gablehead. 2 round-arched windows to return of canted bay to outer left. Square-plan tower to outer right; rectangular plaque; band course to 3 corniced openings; vertical round-arched narrow stair window; 2 windows flanking; smaller louvred square-plan bell-tower atop.
The church is a good example of post-war architecture with its distinctive brick work and cream stone detailing, ennobled by its fine square-plan tower

The cathedral closed in 2007 and largely demolished in 2010. The facade and tower have been kept as the site is turned into housing.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christchurch Catholic Cathedral, NZ

It Say's it All! by Jocelyn Kinghorn
It Say's it All!, a photo by Jocelyn Kinghorn on Flickr.

Work continues to assess the catholic cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, and this picture shows that the cracked central dome and tower have been removed. Hopefully this will ensure that the interior can now be inspected and precious objects retrieved. Press reports suggest that although badly damaged what still stands is capable of rebuilding.

Christchurch Anglican Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral by Caacrinolaas
Christ Church Cathedral, a photo by Caacrinolaas on Flickr.

The damage to the cathedral, once the most recognisable building in the city, if not in New Zealand, is more serious than originally thought. An after shock brought down the rose window months after the original damage occurred. The authorities are deconsecrating the cathedral ahead of further controlled demolition which will allow further assessment of the remains and whether parts are capable of preservation.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Beverley Minster

Beverley Minster by mark_fr
Beverley Minster, a photo by mark_fr on Flickr.

One of my favourite churches in Britain, perfectly captured in this arial shot from Mark Fisher. I made Beverley the target of a day return trip by train many years ago, leaving Bristol at 7am and getting only two and a half hours here before I had to come home again. It rises like an ocean liner from the flat fields around it, and leaves an impression in the mind that lasts a lifetime.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Middlesex Hospital Chapel viewed from the BT Tower, London

Demolition of the surrounding former hospital buildings have left this listed chapel isolated until the redevelopment begins. It is by John Lougborough Pearson and dates from 1890-91. The interior has much marble facing and brightly coloured mosaics. The hospital had been rebuilt 1929-35, and the architects son made sensitive alterations and added extra windows when the C18 and C19 adjoining structures were torn down.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

St Michael's Church, Ipswich

Closed for the past ten years, this church was destroyed by fire overnight on 7th/8th March 2011. It was said to have the best Victorian interior in Ipswich with much polychromatic decoration and exposed red brick. A friend cycled by today and said the loss looks total, and it is almost certain to be demilished rather than rebuilt.