Completed in 1854, this Catholic Church dedicated to St. Joseph, was built in the Early English style by Pugin’s master builder George Myers.
The church contains many early stained glass works by John Hardman. Hardman was present at the church’s opening and sang with a part of the St Chad choir from Birmingham. Both the west window contain a crucifixion scenes, and has the Virgin Mary and St John the Evangelist in the lancets to the left and right. The east window window has a central figure of Christ, within a vesica piscis, who is sat on a rainbow that is above New Jerusalem. A number of Seraphim make up the ruby red background of the mandorla. On the left the Virgin Mary is holding a lily that symbolizes the Annunciation, and in the right window St Joseph is holding a flowering rod. In the Lady Chapel the two donor figures at the bottom of the lancet windows s are St. Aloysius Gonzaga, and St Helen. This window is dedicated to Thomas Aloysius Perry and his wife Helen (who was the niece of the church’s founder Joseph Knight.
THe nave windows are all dedicated to the donors, including the “Death of St Joseph” which is dedicated to the church Founder who died sixteen days after the church was opened in January 1855.Start Slide Show with PicLens Lite