The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

More recognition for Adrian Gilbert Scott

St Josephs Delighted to see another distinctive church by Adrian Gilbert Scott added to the Statutory List: St Joseph’s RC Church, Moreton Rd, Wirral (1953-4) – only his second post-war church listed to date, the Society understands! Principal reasons for designation given by English Heritage are:   * Architectural quality: a striking and bold stripped Perpendicular Gothic exterior employing a blend of modern and traditional influences, and using high quality materials, including buff brickwork, sparse ashlar ornamentation and a Lombardic tile roof.   * Architect: designed by the notable architect, Adrian Gilbert Scott who trained under Temple Moore and specialised in ecclesiastical commissions for the Roman Catholic Church.   * Intactness: survives little altered and retains the majority of original features.   * Interior quality: the interior contains good quality fixtures and fittings, and has an impressive simplicity of design that incorporates Gilbert Scott’s characteristic camel-vaulted arches and tall dado of Blue Horton stone contrasting with pale plastered walls above.

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