Completed and opened in 1959, the Grade II* listed St Paul’s in Parson Cross was designed by noted architect Sir Basil Spence whilst he oversaw construction of the new Coventry Cathedral.
Situated on the high street of the 1940s estate, St Paul’s is a testament to modernism’s ability to deliver striking results within a minimal budget using basic materials (brick, steel, concrete and glass).
The church is a relatively simple structure of high-sided brick walls, full height windows at either end and capped by a barrel roof. Its presence dominates with a refined bell tower: two brick walls joined together by a series of concrete platforms, topped with a six-foot concrete cross.
The above is from our Modernist Churches of Sheffield tour, featuring photography by Theo Simpson, produced for the Sheffield Modern architecture weekender 2018 – available for £2 in our online shop. Some churches are open only for parish communion or by appointment – for up to date contact information, check A Church Near You.
- Words by
- Greg Povey