The Twentieth Century Society

C20 Society Churches Database

St Mary's, Leyland Cross above the High Altar by Jerzy Faczynski of Weightman and Bullen, 1964, Grade II Listed St Mary's Leyland Cross (Photo © National Churches Trust)

This database of C20th churches in the UK has been compiled by the C20 Society, with the aid of a grant from Historic England, to help us in our casework and in planning our trips to visit C20 buildings in different areas of the country. C20th churches are incredibly varied and interesting, ranging from the traditionally Gothic to innovative designs with features like concrete hyperbolic paraboloid roofs. Many also have wonderful fittings, including stained glass, fonts, C20th sculpture, murals, tilework, mosaics and tapestry in every C20th style. Yet these inspirational and significant buildings are under-represented in Historic England’s designation list. In 2013 we participated in the awards organised by the National Churches Trust to recognise the best modern churches of the last 60 years, and this database should help draw attention to our incredibly rich heritage of C20th churches.

We hope that it will also be useful for anyone interested in church architecture. You can browse or search the list of churches here. You can search on any individual search term – name, architect, location, denomination, listing grade or date of completion – or on any combination of them. You can also choose whether to display the results in date or alphabetical order. The listing grade search includes both the English Grade I, II & II* and the equivalent grades in Scotland (A, B and C) and Northern Ireland (A, B+ and B). So you can find out about a particular church or, say, all the C20th Roman Catholic churches in Liverpool or Grade I listed churches in London.

We hope to expand the database to include more information about church architects. In the meantime, if you are interested in George Pace you may be interested to watch Peter Pace’s lecture about his father’s work.

Despite our best efforts, there may well be things that we have got wrong, and we’d be glad to hear from you with any corrections or additions to the database. Please email website@c20society.org.uk if you have any corrections, comments or contributions. We hope to include photographs of the churches in due course, so if you have images of any of these churches that you would be happy for us to use, please send them (as low-resolution jpegs) to the same address.

If you know of a C20th church that is under threat of damaging alteration or demolition please email our Conservation Advisors at caseworker@c20society.org.uk.

We are most grateful to Historic England for the grant and support they have given to enable us to undertake this project, and to researcher Luke Jacob, C20 trustees Robert Drake and Barry Arden, Jennie Walmsley and other volunteers for their work on it. Publications and databases which have been invaluable include Pevsner, published by Yale University Press, the Architectural History Practice, Taking Stock, Scotland’s Churches Scheme series Sacred Places and RIAS Illustrated Architectural Guides. The database is based on the Gazetteer of Places of Christian Worship 1914-1990, compiled by a team led by Elain Harwood and Andy Foster, which was published in C20 Journal 3 The Twentieth Century Church in 1998.

Catherine Croft, Director, C20 Society

Grant aided by   Historic England