In the 1950s, Churches were being built in Europe with central altars and minimum division between priest and people. These ideas passionately concerned Fr. Kirkby but he was not impressed by the new buildings he saw abroad. And so he approached a designer in his early 20’s – the late Keith Murray – whose work had impressed him in a local commission at St.Katharine’s Foundation Chapel . He and the equally young & gifted Robert Maguire, an architect, worked from1958‐1960 to build the church – regarded widely as the most significant post‐War Church in Britain.
from Robert Maguire, 1962
The first design for the church without the glass Lantern